‘Ark: The Animated Series’ Starring Michelle Yeoh, Russell Crowe, Gerard Butler, Vin Diesel & More Released By Paramount+ In Surprise Drop

Surprise! The first six episodes of Ark: The Animated Series, based on the hit adventure video game Ark: Survival Evolved, are available to stream now exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and Canada. The series will debut in all other Paramount+ international markets starting April 19. The seven-episode Part 2 of the season will be released at a later date. Watch the promo above.

First announced with a trailer during the 2020 Video Game Awards, Ark: The Animated Series was originally supposed to premiere in 2022, with the second trailer teasing a 2023 debut. There had been no official premiere date updates since, and no distribution platform had been announced until the surprise drop tonight by Paramount+.

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The star-studded voice cast includes Oscar winners Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All at Once) and Russell Crowe (The Loudest Voice), Gerard Butler (Plane), David Tennant (Doctor Who), Oscar nominees Jeffrey Wright (American Fiction) and Elliot Page (The Umbrella Academy), Madeleine Madden (The Wheel of Time), and Vin Diesel (Fast & Furious franchise).

Ark: The Animated Series is a sweeping saga spanning eons of human history. When 21st century paleontologist Helena Walker (Madden) finds herself resurrected on a mysterious primeval island populated by prehistoric beasts, she must learn to survive with new allies from throughout time, while trying to uncover the true nature of their strange new world.

A production of Lost Continent Entertainment and Lex + Otis, Ark: The Animated Series is executive produced by Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak, alongside Marc Diana, Doug Kennedy, Jay Oliva, James Baldanzi,  Vin Diesel and Samantha Vincent for ONE Race Films; Gerard Butler and Alan Siegel for G-Base Entertainment; and Russell Crowe. Stieglitz, Oliva, David Hartman and Sebastian Montes serve as directors, and the series is co-written by Marguerite Bennett and Kendall Deacon Davis. Ark: Survival Evolved is an original creation of game developer Studio Wildcard.

Watch the promo above.

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