HBO screened a new trailer for “His Dark Materials” during the show’s comic-con panel on Thursday afternoon. The network’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which you may know as “The Golden Compass,” is set to release in just a few months.
According to the network, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As Lyra journeys through the worlds, including our own, she meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets.
HBO didn’t announce an exact premiere date, but the show is releasing in the fall. HBO made the confirmation on social media when the network released the new trailer, telling followers, “HBO and BBC presents His Dark Materials, a new original series based on the global bestseller, premiering this fall.”
The adaptation stars James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anne-Marie Duff, Clarke Peters, Ariyon Bakare, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, Lewin Lloyd, Lucian Msamati, James Cosmo, Daniel Frogson, Tyler Howitt, Ruta Gedmintas, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell, and Simon Manyonda.
Tom Hooper directed the first two episodes for HBO, with Dawn Shadforth directing episode three. Otto Bathhurst directed episodes four and five, and Euros Lyn directed the sixth episode. Jamie Childs directed the final two episodes, which are episode seven and episode eight in the first season.
The first book in the series, ‘Northern Lights,’ also went by the name ‘The Golden Compass.’ A movie adaptation was made in 2007 with director Chris Weitz. That film featured Daniel Craig, Eva Green, and Sam Elliott.
San Diego Comic-Con runs from Thursday July 18th through July 21st, and you can find more SDCC Headlines to stay on top of the announcements and trailers.
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