Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson cast in BBC's adaptation of Philip Pullman's 'His Dark Materials'
Based on Philip Pullman's best-selling trilogy, the cast of the BBC series is beginning to take shape after the additions of Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, and Ruth Wilson.
'His Dark Materials,' Philip Pullman's best-selling epic trilogy of fantasy novels made up by 'Northern Lights (The Golden Compass),' The Subtle Knife' and 'The Amber Spyglass,' will be adapted into an eight-part television series of the same name by BBC with Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy, and Ruth Wilson cast in the leading roles.
Set in a multiverse, the trilogy takes readers across many parallel worlds as 12-year-old Lyra Belacqua finds herself in fantastical adventures because of a truth-telling device called the alethiometer. As she traverses the different worlds, she comes into contact with her mysterious and fierce Uncle Asriel, the terrifying socialite Mrs Coulter, and a strange phenomenon that goes by the name of Dust. A journey that begins in Jordan College, Oxford, soon sees her acquainted with the charismatic and charming adventurer Lee Scoresby, and soon enough, Lyra finds herself in the midst of events that are beyond her comprehension.
Dafne Keen Fernández, best known for her portrayal of mutant Laura Kinney/X-23 in 'Logan,' had been previously cast as Lyra, with Miranda, McAvoy, and Wilson set to play the roles of Scoresby, Uncle Asriel, and Mrs. Coulter respectively. According to Variety, joining them are Clarke Peters, Anne-Marie Duff, Ariyon Bakare, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell and Will Keen, among others.
BAFTA, Tony, and Olivier Award-winning screenwriter Jack Thorne, who wrote the stage play for 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' alongside JK Rowling and John Tiffany as well as the critically acclaimed 'The Solid Life of Sugar Water,' has adapted the novels for the series.
Thorne praised the novels, claiming they sent readers 'into a world of constant imagination.' "Reading them, I was a massive fan. In adapting them, I’ve increasingly felt in awe of them. It’s the constant invention, the way the story never sits still, and that the characters constantly surprise you," he continued.
Tom Hooper, the Academy Award-winning director of 'The King's Speech' fame,' will be directing the first two episodes. 'His Dark Materials' will be executive produced by Pullman, Thorne and Hooper; Jane Tranter, Dan McCulloch and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One. It will be produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for the BBC.
Tranter, who is the founder of Bad Wolf, spoke highly of the project. "The caliber of our cast and directors is a testament to the brilliance of Jack Thorne’s scripts and also the sheer bravura, depth and imagination of Philip Pullman’s original novels," she said. "Our determination is to sound every note of the books in a series that will fully explore the many worlds and concepts in Philip’s work."