James McAvoy (X-Men) and Clarke Peters (The Wire) are signed up to star in a BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel series His Dark Materials.
Based on Pullman’s trilogy of books: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, His Dark Materials is a complex tale of theology, physics, and philosophy featuring a range of mythical and mystical beings. It tells the story of two children, Lyra and Will, who wander through a series of parallel universes.
The new eight-part series is to be produced by Bad Wolf in June 2018. McAvoy is set to play Lord Asriel, the father of main character Lyra (to be played by Dafne Keen) and Peters will play the master who raises Lyra.
Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) will direct the series and it will be executively produced by a host of talent from the literary and entertainment industries: Pullman, Tranter, Gardner, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line; Piers Wenger and Ben Irving for BBC One and Deborah Forte for Scholastic.
This hotly anticipated new adaptation of His Dark Materials is written by Jack Thorne who also wrote the adaptation of R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.
It airs for the first time on the BBC but a date is yet to be confirmed.
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