HBO’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Debuts New Trailer and Images at SDCC

IndieWire | 7/19/2019 | Staff
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It’s been over a decade since the film adaptation of the first installment in Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy was visited like a scourge upon fans of the books, and now the landmark young adult fantasy series is finally getting the adaptation it deserves.

It’s about time.

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“I thought it was time for the books to be liberated in a space that could do them justice,” executive producer Jane Tranter said during the Comic-Con panel for HBO’s upcoming “His Dark Materials” television iteration. Tranter, a former BBC executive who oversaw the resurrection of “Doctor Who”, said that the real estate of contemporary television meant that the books would be allowed the space to sound each note that Pullman sounded in the novels.

It was music to the ears of a crowded Hall H audience who was treated to a brand new trailer for the series, which is scheduled to debut on HBO in the fall. Nearly three minutes long, fans got a further glimpse into a world not so dislike our own, save for the animal companions, the multitudes of air ships, and the armored bears.

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The panel also allowed for insights from several prominent cast members, including Dafne Keen, who plays series protagonist Lyra, Ruth Wilson (Marisa Coulter), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby), and James McAvoy (Lord Asriel).

The Scottish actor is pulling double duty at SDCC, appearing Wednesday night at a panel promoting his upcoming film “It Chapter Two,” and shared that he was actually a last-minute addition to the cast of “His Dark Materials,” and recounted his (literal) casting call as someone ringing him up, saying “You want to come play Lord Asriel starting on Friday?”


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