HBO's His Dark Materials TV series: Andrew Scott casting, Comic-Con trailer, plot, release date

CNET | 8/20/2019 | Jennifer Bisset
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The show's official Twitter seems to be ramping up.

Crack open the Tokay, the His Dark Materials TV adaptation's latest casting news heralds in the "hot priest" from Fleabag: Andrew Scott who plays Jopari, or John Parry, a scholar and shaman from a different world.

End - Background - Thanks - BBC - HBO

But before going into the deep end on that, a little background. 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 film The Golden Compass 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 film's unmade sequels leaving hero Lyra (literally) up in the air?

Our Alethiometer readings are looking good so far, with James McAvoy, Logan's X23 (Dafne Keen) and Amir Wilson as Will Parry. 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 it is. Pullman sourced 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 away children to an icy fate.

San - Diego - Comic-Con - Look - Lyra

San Diego Comic-Con brought the best look yet at Lyra's world. The latest trailer introduces characters like Iorek Byrnison, an exiled armored bear, and Lee Scorseby, a Texan aeronaut played by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It sets up a war between The Magisterium and scholars like Lord...
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