The His Dark Materials book trilogy has been a beloved part of fantasy lore for decades, and now it is headed to the small screen. Over the weekend, HBO and the BBC debuted a new trailer for the upcoming His Dark Materials television series, which is expected to debut later this year.
His Dark Materials is set in a pretty unique alternate reality, in which humans go through life alongside a daemon, a physical manifestation of the human soul. The series follows a young orphan named Lyra, who discovers a dangerous secret that leads her down a mysterious rabbit hole.
His Dark Materials stars Dafne Keen (Logan) as Lyra Belacqua, Ruth Wilson (Mission: Impossible - Fallout) as Marisa Coulter, James McAvoy (Split, X-Men: Dark Phoenix) as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters (The Wire) as Dr. Carne, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) as Lee Scoresby.
"We’re not twisting it, but we are modernizing it a little bit, making it feel a little bit more accessible." director Otto Bathurst told Metro UK last year. "The books are quite Victoriana in their fantasy, but it’s pretty on the nose – there are a lot of fans of that book and it’s a great book so why mess with it?"
The description of the series can be found below:
"Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her 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 Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands."
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His Dark Materials is set to be released on HBO and the BBC later this year.