His Dark Materials (TV series)
|His Dark Materials|
|Based on||His Dark Materials|
by Philip Pullman
|Written by||Jack Thorne|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
His Dark Materials is an upcoming British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman. It is being produced by New Line Cinema and Bad Wolf for BBC One and HBO, with the latter handling international distribution.
The series is set to premiere in 2019 on BBC One in the United Kingdom, and HBO in the United States.
His Dark Materials is set in an alternative world where all humans have animal companions called dæmons, which are the manifestation of the human soul. The series follows the life of young Lyra (Dafne Keen) who is an orphan living with the tutors at Jordan College, Oxford. As in Pullman's novel, Lyra discovers a dangerous secret that involves Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) and Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson). In her search for her missing friend, Lyra also uncovers a slew of kidnappings and its link to the mysterious substance called Dust.
- Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua
- Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter
- James McAvoy as Lord Asriel
- Clarke Peters as The Master / Dr. Carne
- Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby
- Ruta Gedmintas as Serafina Pekkala
- Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal
- James Cosmo as Farder Coram
- Lucian Msamati as John Faa
- Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa
- Ian Gelder as Librarian Scholar Charles
- Will Keen as Father MacPhail
- Georgina Campbell as Adele Starminster
- Mat Fraser as Raymond Van Geritt
- Geoff Bell as Jack Verhoeven
- Simon Manyonda as Benjamin de Ruyter
- Omid Djalili as Dr Lanselius
- Helen McCrory as Stelmaria
- Simon Strutt as The Oxford College Porter
- Archie Barnes as Pantalaimon
- Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow
- Daniel Frogson as Tony Costa
- Tyler Howitt as Billy Costa
- Amir Wilson as Will Parry
The three His Dark Materials novels, written by Philip Pullman from 1995 to 2000, achieved success in young adult fiction, leading to the development of a 2007 feature film, The Golden Compass. The film received criticism from fans of the trilogy for the dilution of elements of the story that were critical of religion, as well as from some religious organisations for the source material's perceived anti-religious themes. When the film was released, sequels that would have adapted the other two novels in the series became unlikely due to the backlash from religious groups and the film's disappointing reception, according to Pullman.
After several years in development hell, the rights reverted to Pullman. In November 2015, BBC One announced that it had commissioned a television adaptation of the trilogy, to be produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema. The eight-part adaptation had a planned premiere date in 2017: however, in April 2017 writer Jack Thorne told Radio Times that the series was still in pre-production. He said, "It's at an exciting point where we're just throwing things at the page and trying to work out what works and what doesn't," and that he wanted to ensure that they were being loyal to the books.
On 12 September 2018, it was announced that HBO was boarding as co-producer and international distributor of the series. On 10 October 2018, Miranda reported that he had wrapped up filming for his role. On 14 December 2018, it was announced on Twitter that filming for the first series had wrapped. On 24 February 2019, it was confirmed the show would "premiere later this year."
Before airing, the show was renewed for a second series of eight episodes.
On 8 March 2018 it was announced that Dafne Keen had signed on to star in the series to play Lyra with director Tom Hooper signed on to direct. Lin-Manuel Miranda would star as Lee Scoresby. On 8 June 2018, it was reported that James McAvoy, Clarke Peters, and Ruth Wilson had joined the cast.
On 27 July 2018, the BBC and Bad Wolf revealed the cast and crew for the series.
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