HBO may have found the series to take over for Game of Thrones. The network just dropped the latest trailer for His Dark Materials and it looks epic. The new series, which premieres Monday, November 4th, already has a ton of hype surrounding it as Philip Pullman fans are waiting to see how this adaptation compares to the big screen version. The movie was panned by critics and fans for taking Philip Pullman's iconic source material and changing for the worse.
His Dark Materials adapts Philip Pullman's award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction. The series follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. The series already looks like a more faithful take on Pullman's Golden Compass trilogy, which fans will notice right off the bat.
Other series regulars include: Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy (Atonement) as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters (The Wire) as The Master of Jordan College, James Cosmo as Farder Coram and Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa, with Will Keen as Father MacPhail, and Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal. The cast of the show is impressive and it already feels like a special event. While the previous trailers for His Dark Materials were satisfying to Philip Pullman fans, the latest footage takes all of that and ramps it up considerably.
Since we're a month away from His Dark Materials premiering, the visual effects are either nearing completion or are already complete for the first few episodes, and the trailer proves this by flexing its visual muscles all over the place. Even in the brief trailer, the unique look of the series is clearly evident and it will more than likely gain viewers who aren't familiar with Philp Pullman's Golden Compass trilogy. While the series hasn't even premiered yet, it's already in production for season 2, which will more than likely premiere around this time next year. HBO is taking His Dark Materials very seriously, which is a wise decision. The network has the ability to stretch out and properly tell Philip Pullman's stories in a long format.
His Dark Materials is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO. Executive producing the series are: Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, Joel Collins and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, Otto Bathurst; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One. The series will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners' streaming platforms.