Fantasy fans, hold on to your polar bear armor. BBC one has taken on the daunting, but endlessly exciting task of adapting Philip Pullman’s fantasy epic His Dark Materials. And, now they have their Lyra in Dafne Keen.
You may know Keen from a little movie called Logan, in which she played X-23. I know. As if I needed to tell you. Keen will be directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) who has also signed on to the series. There’s been no announcement as to who might play Will, who arrives in the second book to cut windows between worlds, among other things.
Fans are excited about the trilogy being given some time to develop in a series. And, it’s in very good hands with the BBC, who are well-known to tell a good story. If you’re not familiar with Pullman’s His Dark Materials… get familiar! They’re amazing books full of wonder and wander, physics and philosophy, religion, politics, magic and dust. It’s a Y.A. series for everybody and you should read it. Then see it!
Northern Lights (also known as The Golden Compass), The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass will be adapted into an eight-part series, which Deadline reports is one of the BBC’s biggest budget series to date. The BBC is talking to international streaming giants like Netflix and Apple, so hopefully we’ll get to see it in the states sooner than later!
Written by Jack Thorne (Wonder), His Dark Materials will start production in Wales ‘soon’.