His Dark Materials: major new TV show gets its first trailer

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The first trailer for His Dark Materials has arrived on the web, showcasing the BBC and HBO’s big new adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book series. You can watch the trailer, and get up to speed with the story, right here…

Pullman’s His Dark Materials book series began in 1995 with Northern Lights, or The Golden Compass as it was called in America, which was followed by sequels The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

These stories have been adapted into various different mediums over the years, including a stage show, a radio production, and a blockbuster movie starring Daniel Craig. Now, a TV adaptation from HBO and the BBC is on the cards, and you can watch the trailer right here…

Courtesy of the BBC’s press bumf, we have this official description of the story, which also details the star-studded cast…

Dafne Keen takes on the lead role of Lyra, the young protagonist of the story who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) she lives a sheltered life amongst the scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of The Master (Clarke Peters) and Librarian Scholar Charles (Ian Gelder).

When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson) enters Lyra’s life she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father MacPhail (Will Keen), Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) and journalist Adele Starminster (Georgina Campbell) at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General Oblation Board.

Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians – Ma Costa (Anne-Marie Duff), Farder Coram (James Cosmo), John Faa (Lucian Msamati), Raymond Van Geritt (Mat Fraser), Jack Verhoeven (Geoff Bell) and Benjamin de Ruyter (Simon Manyonda) who take her North in her quest.

Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda) who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.

The show is currently described as ‘coming soon’, but we’ll let you know the official release date as soon as we hear it.