On Thursday, HBO and BBC One released the highly anticipated His Dark Materials official trailer. The fantasy series stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson, based on the beloved Philip Pullman books.
What do we know about the new series?
His Dark Materials Trailer
Philip Pullman fans should enjoy the latest trailer for the premier season of the His Dark Materials series released by BBC One and HBO. In the trailer for the epic series, we see the big, white, beautiful bear, and demon leopards and monkeys in the midst of imaginative worlds. This is an epic Joseph Campbell-style hero story, complete with a calling, a quest, challenges, a new world, and destiny.
The story is of our hero Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), whose seems “ordinary,” as she she searches for a kidnapped friend. She uncover shocking plot where children are stolen! She is moved on to “understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.” According to Collider, there promises to be a war of parallel worlds.
The first season will be eight episodes. And, will the second season. His Dark Materials Season 2 was confirmed a year before the release of the first season.
Epic Fantasy For Game Of Thrones Fans?
Game of Thrones fans may not need to wait for the prequels to find that epic fantasy that they have been looking for, since the HBO series ended earlier in the spring. This may be their new series. That sort of GoT worldwide phenomenon is what every streaming service is trying to capture.
Netflix will be releasing their own Game of Thrones “solution” with The Witcher on December 17. That series stars Henry Cavill as Geralt of Rivia, and is based on the worldwide cult series written by Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. Of course, Game of Thrones is based on the George R. R. Martin fantasy series.
While The Witcher appears promises to be as violent as Game of Thrones, His Dark Materials looks more family-friendly.
The Golden Compass
If the His Dark Materials story line seems familiar, it may be because of the 2007 movie, The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Eva Green. The movie title was from the first book of the His Dark Materials trilogy. The box office draw was disappointing, and the movie received backlash from religious groups, so the series was discontinued.
The biggest issue that the movie version had was that there just was not enough time to fully play out the Philip Pullman mythology that fans love so much. The new HBO-BBC One production appears ready to satisfy fans of the books and those wishing to venture into another world.
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