His Dark Materials season 2 had dropped its first footage from [email protected] The cast and craters behind the hit HBO fantasy series assembled virtually to discuss the upcoming sophomore season, which will delve further into author Philip Pullman's beloved trilogy. Now, we have our first look at the new batch of episodes, which brings Lyra to a whole new world.

The footage kicks off with Dafne Keen's Lyra exploring her new surroundings. She come across a boy who, similarly, is a fish out of water in this situation. The scope is instantly grand, with massive sets and huge, sprawling landscapes. And let's not forget lots of CGI animals. As we come to find out, quite a few people are looking for Lyra. It all seems Harry Potter-esque, with a gritty feel. This is undoubtedly a far cry from what we got when The Golden Compass was adapted into a movie.

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Aside from the trailer, it has been revealed that season 2 will be bringing in some new cast members. Jade Anouka (Trauma), Simone Kirby (The Hole in the Ground) and Terence Stamp (Superman II) have all boarded the show. Anouka is set to play the witch queen Ruta Skadi. Kirby, meanwhile, will play Dr. Mary Malone, the head of the Dark Matter Research Team at an Oxford university. Lastly, Stamp is starring as Giacomo Paradisi. He is the bearer of the Subtle Knife who lives in the Tower of the Angels.

His Dark Materials season 1 follows Lyra, a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend unearths an evil plan by a secret organization involving stolen children. It becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she makes her way through the various worlds, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of all beings, both living and dead, in their hands.

Philip Pullman's award-winning trilogy of the same name is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction. The first season of the show concluded its run in December. The Comic-Con panel includes executive producers Jane Tranter and Jack Thorne, as well as cast members Dafne Keen (Lyra), Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter), Ariyon Bakare (Lord Boreal), Amir Wilson (Will Parry), Andrew Scott (John Parry) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby). The discussion is moderated by journalist Stacey Wilson Hunt.

Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, Joel Collins, Julie Gardner, Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, Otto Bathhurst, Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich, Carolyn Blackwood, Ben Irving and Piers Wenger serve as executive producers. We will be keeping up with all of the other happenings during [email protected] throughout the weekend, so be sure to keep an eye out for our further coverage. While no firm release date has been set, His Dark Materials season 2 is set to arrive this fall on HBO. Be sure to check out the new trailer, as well as the panel, for yourself.

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