The BBC has ordered a second, eight-episode season of the upcoming drama His Dark Materials, according to Deadline. The show is an adaptation of author Philip Pullman’s work. His Dark Materials comes to us from Bad Wolf and New Line, and is currently shooting the first season in Cardiff at Wolf Studios Wales.
His Dark Materials stars James McAvoy (Split) as Lord Asriel, Dafne Keen (Logan) as the main character Lyra, Ruth Wilson (Locke) as Marisa Coulter and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) as Lee Scoresby. The show is written by Jack Thorne and the first two episodes will be directed by Tom Hooper.
When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs. Coulter (Ruth Wilson) enters Lyra’s life, she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father MacPhail (Will Keen), Lord Boreal (Ariyon Bakare) and journalist Adele Starminster (Georgina Campbell) at a glittering society party where she first hears about the sinister General Oblation Board.
Lyra is subsequently thrown into the nomadic world of the boat dwelling Gyptians – Ma Costa (Anne-Marie Duff), Farder Coram (James Cosmo), John Faa (Lucien Msamati), Raymond Van Geritt (Mat Fraser), Jack Verhoeven (Geoff Bell) and Benjamin de Ruyter (Simon Manyonda) who take her North in her quest.
Once in the North she meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby (Lin-Manuel Miranda), who joins them on their epic journey and who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.
His Dark Materials is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One in association with BBC Studios Distribution and Anton Capital Entertainment, S.C.A.
His Dark Materials is one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century. After series one, which covers the first installment of Northern Lights, the story continues in The Subtle Knife where Lyra is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.
His Dark Materials has been published in more than 40 languages and has sold worldwide close to 18 million copies.
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