Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials: Watch the first TV trailer

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Susan Devaney

Watch the first trailer for the TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, featuring Ruth Wilson, Lin Manuel Miranda and James McAvoy.

Philip Pullman is the kind of author who always comes up in conversations for one very good reason: he created a whole new other world for everyone to enjoy.

And now that world will be brought to life on the small screen.

The His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) follows the characters of Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry as they enter parallel universes. Their story is set to light up our screens in the not-so-distant future, and the people behind the TV adaptation are so sure of its success that a second season has already been confirmed.

Here’s everything that we know so far, including a look at the first trailer. 

Who’s involved?

Filmed in Wales and co-produced by the HBO and BBC, the show is believed to be one of the biggest in scope and most expensive British dramas to date.

Written by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) and directed by Tom Hooper, both seasons will also be eight episodes long.

The cast line-up

Of course, the cast is a good as you’d imagine: Clarke Peters, Ariyon Bakare, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, Lewin Lloyd, Lucian Msamati, James Cosmo, Daniel Frogson, Tyler Howitt, Ruta Gedmintas and Mat Fraser. They star along with a few big names, too.

James Mcavoy as Lord Asriel

Dafne Keen as Lyra

Ruth Wilson as Mrs Coulter

Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 08: Anne-Marie Duff attends The Olivier Awards with Mastercard at Royal Albert Hall on April 8, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO - JULY 22: Lin-Manuel Miranda poses for media as part of Press Conference to announce the creation of Foundation "Flamboyan" for arts funds at Museo de Arte on July 22, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Photo by Gladys Vega/Getty Images)

Watch the first trailer for Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials release date

All we know at this point is that it will be released later this year.

Images: Instagram / Getty 


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