Crack open the Tokay, the new His Dark Materials adaptation has a brand new trailer. Thanks to the BBC, which has HBO on board to distribute the series worldwide, Philip Pullman’s classic British trilogy of novels will set sail for the small screen for the first time, following the 2007 movie that didn’t fare so well with critics. But will this new creation make up for Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman’s foray into the fantasy epic, the movie’s unmade sequels leaving hero Lyra (literally) up in the air? Our Alethiometer readings are looking good so far, with James McAvoy and Logan’s X23 (Dafne Keen) slated to play the silver-tongued Lyra. Don’t know what on earth His Dark Materials refers to? This guide is for you and for those of us looking forward to visiting a parallel Oxford once more. Dark what? His Dark Materials sounds complicated and, well, it is. Pullman took the title for his book trilogy from a poem by John Milton — another work with big themes about religious deities — but let’s not go too far down that rabbit hole, with the basic plot of the first novel Northern Lights following Lyra as she attempts to save her best friend Roger from the Gobblers, nefarious people stealing children and bringing them to an icy fate. First teaser Though all it says is the show is “coming soon”, we’ll forgive the first teaser, released on BBC’s YouTube Sunday, because of just how good it looks. We get James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson,… [Read full story]
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