The first full trailer for His Dark Materials is here, the very impressive looking big-budget TV adaptation from the BBC and HBO of the bestselling fantasy books by Philip Pullman that tell stories of mystery, and high adventure.
His Dark Materials takes place in a Victorian-era styled alternate reality in which humans live side by side with the living embodiments of their souls, known as daemons. The story follows a young woman named Lyra Belacqua (played here by Logan breakout Dafne Keen) who traverses several multiverses with her daemon, Pantalaimon. You might recognize the name of the first novel, The Golden Compass, as the title of the 2007 film adaptation from director Chris Weitz that miraculously managed to be less than memorable outside of some unique fun and exciting visual moments.
Here’s what the synopsis looks like: These thrilling adventures tell the story of Lyra and Will—two ordinary children on a perilous journey through shimmering haunted otherworlds. They will meet witches and armored bears, fallen angels, and soul-eating specters. And in the end, the fate of both the living—and the dead—will rely on them.
The BBC initially greenlit the new series back in 2015 with an eight-episode season, and production recently began in Wales. The series will feature actress Dafne Keen (Logan) as Lyra, and it has added James McAvoy as Lyra’s father Lord Asriel, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) as aeronaut Lee Scoresby, and Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter.
Other cast members include 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 and Mat Fraser.
The eight-part TV series airs later this year. The BBC has already committed to an eight-episode second season. HBO is co-producing both seasons and has worldwide distribution rights outside Britain.