Today at San Diego Comic-Con, HBO released the first full trailer for His Dark Materials Season 1, which it is developing with The BBC. The show is based on the Philip Pullman trilogy of fantasy novels comprising Norther Lights (known as The Golden Compass in the US), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.
This Season 1 trailer shows off stars James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Dafne Keen. Season 1 follows the story of Lyra, who is played by Keen, the breakout child star of the Wolverine movie Logan.
“Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust,” reads a line from the show’s description. “As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will (Amir Wilson), a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living–and the dead –in their hands.”
The eight-episode His Dark Materials Season 1 was written by Jack Thorne, who wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. He also also attached to re-write Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker before being replaced.
His Dark Materials was already adapted through the 2007 Daniel Craig movie The Golden Compass. It was not the kind of commercial success that producers New Line wanted, and the two planned sequels were never made.
His Dark Materials Season 1 on HBO premieres this fall.