— the mid-’90s show that told a compelling five-year story with evolving characters at a time when most reset the agenda after every single episode — is coming back as an animated movie starring several members of the original cast.
It features Sheridan getting “whipsawed through multiple timelines and alternate realities,” including one where Babylon 5 lost the Shadow War. It also includes Zathras, which makes sense given that plot (you could call that character a bit of a temporal engineer) and will absolutely make diehard B5 fans smile.
Many of the original surviving cast members are returning: Bruce Boxleitner (Sheridan), Claudia Christian (Ivanova), Peter Jurasik (Londo), Bill Mumy (Lennier), Tracy Scoggins (Lochley), and Patricia Tallman (telepath Lyta Alexander). New voice actors will play Delenn, G’Kar, security chief Garibaldi, Dr. Franklin, Zathras, and original
commander Jeffrey Sinclair, as their original cast members died since the ’90s show originally aired.
According to listings for the film
where it’s up for preorder for $20, it looks like it’ll be out on August 14th or 15th, though series creator JMS has also previously said it’ll premiere at Comic-Con in July. It’s also coming
to Apple TV
and YouTube. It’ll be available to stream in 4K, and both 4K and 1080p Blu-rays will be available:
Amazon UK already has
listings for discs. The movie will run for 1 hour and 20 minutes, according to Apple’s listing.
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