Phillip Pullman’s fantasy novel series His Dark Materials comes to HBO this fall as a new television series.

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The trailer was screened at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel. HBO and the BBC are joining forces on this new television adaptation. In Pullman’s universe, humans live alongside daemons, expressions of the human soul that manifest as animals. They can be anything from ferrets to polar bears. The hero of the story is a young orphan named Lyra, and her daemon is a white ferret.

Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living?—?and the dead?—?in their hands.

This adaptation of Pullman’s books will differ from The Golden Compass, the 2007 adaptation of Northern Lights, the first book in the Dark Materials trilogy. It’s a little more about the global politics, a little grittier, and more structured – and they’ll be able to take their time telling the story, since this is a series and not a single film.

His Dark Materials stars Dafne Keen (Logan) as Lyra Belacqua, Ruth Wilson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) as Marisa Coulter, James McAvoy (Split, X-Men: Dark Phoenix) as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters (The Wire) as Dr. Carne, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) as Lee Scoresby.

His Dark Materials is set to debut in 2019 on HBO, but no release date has yet been announced.


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