Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Lin Manuel Miranda, the mastermind behind hit musical Hamilton is close to signing a deal to play “balloonist and adventurer Lee Scoresby in the BBC One and Bad Wolf TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials.”
Pullman’s absolutely unbelievable fantasy trilogy will stretch over eight parts in the planned adaptation, which will include The Golden Compass (known as Northern Lights in the UK and Ireland), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.
Logan star Dafne Keen is in talks to play Lyra | Via Film School Rejects
Director Tom Hooper, who earned an Academy Award for The King’s Speech, is slated to direct the series, while Logan star Dafne Keen is in talks to play the lead role of Lyra. According to Entertainment Weekly, Lyra is “a young orphan girl who finds herself thrust into a dangerous adventure when she sets out to find a kidnapped friend. Over the course of the trilogy, Lyra joins Will, a boy with the ability to cut through worlds, and together they embark on a journey that thrusts them into a world-spanning war where they discover a prophecy surrounding their own destiny.”
The Golden Compass was made into a truly appalling film in 2006 starring a woefully miscast Dakota Blue Richards as Lyra, alongside Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Pullman’s trilogy is an exceptional example of worldbuilding, and deals with earth shattering concepts and ideology, and the film totally ignored this, so here’s hoping this upcoming series will give it the time and attention it deserves.
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