Earlier this year, Netflix ordered an adaptation of the graphic novel series by Alice Oseman, Heartstopper, as an eight-part live-action series. And now, the casting has been announced!
Heartstopper is a coming of age graphic novel series that follows Charlie, a highly-strung, openly gay over-thinker, and Nick, a cheerful, soft-hearted rugby player. Charlie and Nick meet at a British all-boys grammar school and friendship blooms quickly. Soon Charlie is falling hard for Nick, even though he doesn’t think he has a chance. But love works in mysterious ways, and something good could be waiting just around the corner.
Kit Connor (‘His Dark Materials’) and Joe Locke have been cast as the two leads, following an audition process that saw over 10,000 people try-out for the adaptation.
Introducing Kit Connor and Joe Locke as Heartstopper's Nick and Charlie!! 🌈🍂💕 I'm so excited to share this pic of them on set!! Kit and Joe are so talented, sweet and funny, it's been so much fun getting to know them. Please join me in showing them some love & support today!! pic.twitter.com/thT2AnMppI
William Gao, Yasmin Finney, Corinna Brown, Kizzy Edgell, Sebastian Croft, Cormac Hyde-Corrin, Tobie Donovan, Rhea Norwood have also been casted as the supporting characters.
🎬INTRODUCING THE HEARTSTOPPER CAST🍂 William Gao is Tao, Yasmin Finney is Elle, Corinna Brown is Tara, Kizzy Edgell is Darcy, Sebastian Croft is Ben, Cormac Hyde-Corrin is Harry, Tobie Donovan is Isaac, Rhea Norwood is Imogen, Kit Connor is Nick and Joe Locke is Charlie! 🌈 pic.twitter.com/tVZkyQr2Lv
An unexpected reunion from Fleabag co-stars Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Andrew Scott is coming in a surprising way!
The new trailer for season two of His Dark Materialswasn’t the only piece of news that Comic-Con brought, for it was also revealed that Phoebe Waller-Bridge, actress and writer of hit shows Fleabag and Killing Eve, is joining the assemble for this new season.
Andrew Scott will be playing Colonel John Parry in this adaptation of Philip Pullman’s novels, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be voicing his dæmon. Perhaps not the reunion we were expecting, but one we are grateful for nevertheless.
Scott added about this reunion and Waller-Bridge playing his dæmon:
“I’m really thrilled about that because it’s all about companionship and friendship and loyalty, and that’s what I feel about Phoebe in real life.” And we know that Colonel Parry’s dæmon is an osprey on the books, but can we have it be a fox? Just for the irony of it, of course.
Iconic author of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman, has weighed in on the new design for Britain’s post-Brexit 50p coin (pictured above). Sure, it’s not the font I would use, but it’s a nice… wait a second.
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You all know how strongly I feel about the Oxford comma. It should be there. It should always, always be there. And apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so. Philip Pullman has authored seven best sellers, is ranked one of the best British authors of the past fifty years, and has an actual knighthood. I’m in good company.
Now I’m not sure how boycotting 50p would work, practically, but no one ever uses 50c coins, so it is possible.
I’m not getting over it. It’s a list! It may not be the eggs, toast, and orange juice problem, but it’s still a list, so it’s still wrong.
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And I honestly, honestly wish that I thought this was deliberate. But I don’t. Until some memos are released saying they talked about this, I’m offended, and I’m bothered. Why put such a long slogan at all? Just say something about unity. Or use Latin. Latin, periods between each word. Or go classic, motto style. Peace our goal est.
It’s not the first time Pullman has tweeted something controversial about British culture and politics. I might be the only one who’s jumped on this one this way,
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This Sunday, His Dark Materials will premiere on HBO. Starring James McAvoy (Dark Phoenix), Dafne Keen (Logan), Ruth Wilson (The Affair), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns), the series is an adaptation of the fantasy series of the same name by Phillip Pullman that follows two children on their adventures through various parallel universes. But this isn’t the first adaptation of Pullman’s work.
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In 2007, New Line Cinema released The Golden Compass, based on the first book in the series, originally titled Northern Lights. It follows a young girl named Lyra who travels across a parallel universe in order to save children from a secret organization under control from a powerful church. With big names like Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig starring in the film, a budget of $180 million, and coming from the same studio that made The Lord of the Rings, it looked like The Golden Compass could be the next big fantasy epic.
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Unfortunately, the film failed to catch on with critics and audiences. Reviews for the film were mixed, praising the visuals but criticizing the story. The film also didn’t make as much money as the studio hoped, with some believing that it was the reason New Line merged with Warner Bros. Quickly forgotten by the public, plans for a film trilogy were scrapped. So what went wrong?
It all came down to studio interference. His Dark Materials was already known for controversy from religious groups for its anti-religious undertones. New Line intervened, with executives ordering the darker elements and atheist themes to be removed and the story to be significantly changed. The director of the film confirmed that New Line interfered so much and ruined the whole experience.
Thankfully, it looks like the television adaptation will fare much better. Positive reviews point to a more faithful adaptation that successfully balances fantasy elements with complex themes.