BBC One released a new His Dark Materials trailer for the upcoming series that this side of the pond will watch on HBO. The series is a joint project between the two. The series is based on author Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy of the same name which consists of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
All of trailers and teasers for His Dark Materials so far have been, to put it mildly, awesome. We’ve seen stunning glimpses of the fantastical alternate reality where science, theology and magic are entwined. Airships and witches fly in the sky, there are intelligent armored polar bears and humans have daemons. Daemons are the physical manifestation of a person’s soul or true self. They take the form of an animal that best represents that person. For children, daemons change forms until puberty. At that time the daemon takes its final form.
In the previous trailers we met all the major characters. Dafne Keen plays Lyra Belaqua, the character in which the story revolves. James McAvoy is her uncle Lord Asriel, Ruth Wilson is Marisa Coulter, Clarke Peters is Dr. Carne, James Cosmo as Farder Coram and Lin-Manuel Miranda is Lee Scoresby. Definitely thrilling was seeing Panserbjørn Iorek Byrneson, an armored polar bear.
In the latest trailer, we see Lyra’s journey defined for the first time. This journey is the heart of the entire series. Her friend Roger has been kidnapped. In fact many, many children have been kidnapped. Her search for Roger leads her right into a sinister plot of a secret organization. We see Lyra set upon her quest and we also hear, “the child is destined to be important.” We meet the gyptians who will help her on this journey. We see many daemons. We see the evil Ms. Coulter and get the strong feeling that she always gets her way. And, we also see Lee Scoresby flash a warm smile and see that he is destined to help Lyra.
This trailer really brings the excitement. The series premieres later this year. Check back with Geek Girl Authority for all your His Dark Materials news!
Executive producing the show are Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema, and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One. Jack Thorne adapted the novels for the series.