BBC One’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series is starting to come together: Deadline reports that director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) has signed on to helm what will be an eight-part television series, and two major roles have been filled. Dafne Keen, the breakout star of Logan, will play alethiometer-consulting orphan Lyra Belacqua, while Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda will play cowboy Lee Scoresby.
Jack Thorne, writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is scripting the adaptation. The BBC’s official synopsis for the series implies that the eight-part adaptation will span all three books:
Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.
In The Subtle Knife...