Well, this is exciting news to a fan like me. We have known for some time that the BBC were moving ahead with a televised adaptation of authors Phillip Pullman’s epic His Dark Materials trilogy. However exactly when this adaptation would begin was still unclear. With only the roles mentioned in the related section below cast, it made me wonder how soon it would go before cameras. Not any longer.
Deadline has reported that filming on the TV series will begin later this month and they have also shared some new casting news. James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class, Split) has been cast in the role of Lord Asriel. Asriel is the father of the main character Lyra played by Dafne Keen (Logan), a child who starts an epic adventure that will span across countless alternate universes. Also cast as Lyra’s guardian, the master of Jordan College is Clarke Peters (The Wire).
If filming begins this month, then you can be sure there are going to be many more casting reveals in the weeks to come. There are so many roles still to cast here and I’m interested to see who will play Serafina Pekkala or Mrs Coulter for example?
You may well remember seeing The Golden Compass in theaters years ago, or you’ll have seen it in the DVD bargain bin at your local supermarket. Yeah, it was not that well done, however, it was superbly cast and my concern was always going to be whether this cast could hold a candle to their movie counterparts. So far, I am very impressed, Keen as Lyra and McAvoy as Asriel are up there with the movie cast for me. With the story not having to try an stay unoffensive to US religious groups (for fear of poor sales), it could allow the writers to really explore the story in the way the author did.
This is looking to be an eight-episode series based on the trilogy of the same name, though it’s not entirely clear if those eight episodes will cover the series in its entirety (though that seems likely). His Dark Materials is my favorite book series of all time and can be enjoyed from age 11-100, I hope beyond hope, that the BBC gets this right.
Stay tuned to LRM for any further details of this series, as we have a few fans on our staff here. Share any thoughts on the casting news or the show in general in our comments section below.
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