The debut trailer is out for the next season of Trollhunters, showing our hero’s epic journey into the Darklands, as well as the road his friends take to become Trollhunters themselves. But we also get to hear Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin reprise one of his final roles before his death.
The first season ended on a bit of cliffhanger, with Jim (Yelchin) having descended into the Darklands to battle the evil trolls and keep the town of Arcadia safe. Show creator Guillermo del Toro told Entertainment Weekly in February that Jim will be spending a good amount of time there exploring and fighting monsters, while his friends Claire and Toby hone their own abilities as Trollhunters. There will also be some new characters, voiced by actors like Mark Hamill and Lena Headey, and the return of some older stars that the audience may have forgotten about.
Yelchin tragically died last year, but del Toro said he’d already recorded his lines for the first half of the (hopefully) 26-episode second season. That’s because del Toro completed Trollhunters’ first 52 episode story arc ages ago, and has been in the process of recording voice actors for the past four years. As far as the future, del Toro said the next 13-episode arc ends with a plot development that will enable them to have a new voice actor, but that it was already in the structure and wasn’t added after Yelchin died.
“Coincidentally, we have an event in the last episode Anton did which allows us to sort of change his voice slightly, so the character stays—but we didn’t plan this. It was pure serendipity that we had that in the works. The beats of the second season have been set for years, and as of now, we have not altered or needed to alter a single beat,” del Toro said.
You can check out the trailer below. The next season comes out December 15.