Comic-Con 2019: 'His Dark Materials' unveils extended trailer introducing the alethiometer, the show's Golden Compass
The trailer also gives us a better look at the show's daemons, animal companions that are representations of the characters' souls, and armored polar bear Iorek Byrnison
‘His Dark Materials’ is an upcoming British fantasy adventure series based on the hit novel series of the same name by Philip Pullman and an extended trailer for the show was unveiled at SDCC 2019. The series stars Dafne Keen (‘Logan’) as Lyra Belacqua, Ruth Wilson (‘Luther’) as Marisa Coulter and James McAvoy (‘Split’) as Lord Asriel.
Other cast members include Clarke Peters as Dr. Carne, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, and Ruta Gedmintas as Serafina Pekkala among others. The extended trailer for the show gives us a better look at the daemons, animal companions that are manifestations of the characters’ souls. It also gives us a better look at the armored polar bear Iorek Byrnison as well as our first look at the alethiometer, a truth-telling device that is central to the plot of the series.
You can check out the trailer below:
‘His Dark Materials’ is being produced by New Line Cinema and Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner of Bad Wolf for BBC One and HBO. Though the first season is only expected to premiere in late 2019, the show has already been renewed for a second season.
Pullman’s original fantasy novel series is set in an alternate world where all humans can manifest their souls as animal companions called dæmons. The series follows the adventures of young Lyra, an orphan living under the tutelage of the teachers at Jordan College, Oxford.
While searching for her missing friend, Lyra discovers a series of mysterious kidnappings and a dangerous secret that involves Lord Asriel and Mrs. Marisa Coulter. During the course of her journey, she begins to uncover the secrets behind the mysterious substance called the Dust.
A movie adaptation of ‘His Dark Materials’ titled ‘The Golden Compass’ was released way back in 2007 with hopes of starting a franchise but the movie was not very successful at the box office. The new adaptation will be directed by ‘Peaky Blinders’ series 1 director Otto Bathurst who plans on giving it a modern twist.