2018 was a very long year, so we'd almost forgotten about our excitement for the BBC's absolutely stacked television adaptation of Philip Pullman's iconic His Dark Materials series.
Happily, we were reminded of the upcoming 2019 series with a teaser showing an incredible look at the series. It's the first teaser, so it's the first time we've gotten to see Logan's breakout star Dafne Keene in the role of Lyra Belacqua, the heroine at the center of the story about a girl trying to figure out why children in her world are being kidnapped. We get a glimpse of her hiding in the library and running through the hallowed halls of Jordan College, Oxford. We also get to see Ruth Wilson as the terrifying Mrs. Coulter, James McAvoy as Lyra's enigmatic father Lord Asriel, The Wire's Clarke Peters as Master of Jordan College, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as the Texan adventurer Lee Scoresby.
From the moment that the cast was announced, it was clear the BBC wasn't messing around with a roster including superheroes, Broadway stars, theatre icons, and television faves. Though the teaser is only 30 seconds long, we get to see the core cast as the characters they're bringing to life for the very first time and it really has our nostalgia fires burning as we think back to the release of The Golden Compass, the first book in the series, in 1995.
The teaser has a couple of big exciting moments for fans of Pullman's books including a glimpse at Lyra's alethiometer, a magical device which gives Lyra the power to harness the mystical "dust" and divine the truth. It's also the inspiration for the American title of the book: The Golden Compass. We also noticed a moment that seems to show Mrs. Coulter using her terrifying intercision machine which separates children from their Daemons, alas we have yet to see any of the magical creatures themselves. But for fans of the mythical animals that the story centers around, there is a snippet of what we think might be the escape of Iorek Byrnison, the powerful polar bear, who with the help of Lyra and Lee, reclaims his ancient armor and escapes servitude after too many years.
We can't wait to see more of the gorgeous adaptation. The series is coming to BBC One and HBO in 2019.
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