His Dark Materials Finds Its Cast
Author Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, has been given a two season order from the BBC, with HBO picking up the worldwide rights.
The first season follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), 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 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, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.
Keen (best known for her role in Logan) will be joined by James McAvoy as Lyra’s Uncle Asriel; Ruth Wilson as socialite Mrs. Coulter; and Lin-Manuel Miranda as adventurer Lee Scoresby, to lead a large ensemble cast including Anne-Marie Duff, Clarke Peters, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, James Cosmo and more.
Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) will be adapting the novels for television, with the first two episodes directed by Oscar-winner Tom Hooper (HBO’s John Adams, The King’s Speech). Season 1’s other directors will be Dawn Shadforth, Otto Bathhurst, Euros Lyn and Jamie Childs. Each season will be eight episodes long.
Executive producing the show are Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Philip Pullman; Jack Thorne; Tom Hooper; Deborah Forte; Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One.
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