The adaptation of Philip Pullman’s popular trilogy “His Dark Materials” now has HBO as a co-producer and the network will distribute the adaptation domestically. The first series follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and soon becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets.
You may know the first book, Northern Lights, by its other name ‘The Golden Compass,’ which had a movie adaptation in 2007 from Director Chris Weitz. The film featured Daniel Craig, Eva Green, and Sam Elliott. If you prefer to read books before seeing the adaptation, you can find the three books (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) here on Amazon.
While we don’t have an exact premiere date at this time, HBO has confirmed the casting for the adaptation. Dafne Keen will play Lyra Belacqua the adventure-seeking 13-year old. We meet Lyra as an orphan, having been raised in the sanctuary of Oxford’s illustrious Jordan College. Lyra is desperate to explore with her brilliant Uncle Asriel, until the fates intervene and she ends up on a thrilling and perilous journey of her own. A natural and adept liar, Lyra learns the value of honesty and lies when she becomes the owner of an extraordinary instrument that can tell the truth.
James McAvoy will take on the role of Lord Asriel Belacqua; Ruth Wilson is playing Mrs. Coulter; Lin-Manuel Miranda is playing Lee Scoresby, Anne-Marie Duff is playing Ma Costa; Clarke Peters is playing The Master of Jordan College; Ariyon Bakare is playing Carlo Boreal; Will Keen will play Father MacPhail; Ian Gelder has been cast as Charles the Librarian; Georgina Campbell will play Adèle Starminster; Lewin Lloyd is set to play Roger Parslow; Lucian Msamati will be John Faa; James Cosmo is Farder Coram; Daniel Frogson is playing Tony Costa; Tyler Howitt will play Billy Costa; Ruta Gedmintas is playing Serafina Pekkala; Mat Fraser will be Raymond van Gerrit; Geoff Bell has been cast as Jack Verhoeven; and Simon Manyonda will be Benjamin de Ruyter.
Directing is Tom Hooper (Episodes 1 & 2); Dawn Shadforth (Episode 3); Otto Bathhurst (Episodes 4 & 5); Euros Lyn (Episode 6); Jamie Childs (Episodes 7 & 8).