His Dark Materials: BBC and HBO Series of Pullman’s Fantasy Books

In the first trailer for His Dark Materials, the big-budget TV adaptation from the BBC and HBO of the bestselling fantasy books by Philip Pullman, the scary Mrs. Coulter says “Now is the time to choose a side.” 

Ruth Wilson, who plays Coulter, is among a starry cast that includes James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Dafne Keen plays Lyra, the girl at the center of a tale involving child abduction, witches, a renegade royal polar bear, companions called daemons and a mysterious substance dubbed Dust.
Other cast members include Anne-Marie Duff, 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.

The original “His Dark Materials” trilogy comprises “The Golden Compass” (also known as “Northern Lights”), “The Subtle Knife” and “The Amber Spyglass.” Pullman has also written a prequel, “La Belle Sauvage,” and has embarked on a new book that picks up where the trilogy left off.

The eight-part TV series airs later this year. The BBC has already committed to a second season.  HBO is co-producing both seasons and has worldwide distribution rights outside Britain.