With Game of Thrones ending on Sunday, HBO looks as though they’ll have a gaping hole in their fantasy lineup until one of those spinoffs begins airing. The network may already have a remedy lined up though, because their first His Dark Materials trailer looks pretty intriguing.
The His Dark Materials trailer gives us our first taste of HBO and the BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s iconic and award winning book trilogy. Said trilogy is comprised of 1995’s Northern Lights (The Golden Compass in North America), 1997’s The Subtle Knife and 2000’s The Amber Spyglass.
HBO’s synopsis for the show teases “The first season follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets a determined and courageous boy called Will. Together they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.”
The trailer puts Dafne Keen (who you likely recognize as X-23 from Logan) in the spotlight as the series’ lead. Though the cast around her is quite impressive as well. HBO touts Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda as headliners. But other notable talent includes Ruta Gedmintas, James Cosmo and Clarke Peters amongst others.
Pullman’s first book of the series was previously adapted into a film by New Line Cinema back in 2007. Entitled The Golden Compass, it too featured a robust cast but ultimately failed both critically and commercially. That take on the novel earned a PG-13 rating, while HBO and the BBC’s version will likely be darker and more mature in nature.
HBO didn’t disclose when the show would be premiering in their His Dark Materials trailer, though we do know it’s slated to debut at some point this year.