Fans of Philip Pullman’s fantasy epic His Dark Materials don’t have much longer to wait to feast their eyeballs on BBC and HBO‘s mega-budget adaptation. With the series set to debut this holiday season, fans are getting some news on the show’s second season. Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Sherlock) is set to join the second season of the series, which stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. and produced Bad Wolf–New Line Cinema.
Father of Will Parry (Amir Wilson), Scott’s Colonel John Parry (also known as Doctor Stanislaus Grumman or Jopari) accidentally travelled to Lyra’s world – becoming a renowned scholar and shaman. His demon was named Sayan Kötör and had the form of an osprey.
Based on Pullman’s literary trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) and written by Jack Thorne, His Dark Materials boasts Tom Hooper as lead director and helmer of the first two episodes. Remaining directors include Dawn Shadforth (Episode 3), Otto Bathhurst (Episodes 4 & 5), Euros Lyn (Episode 6), and Jamie Childs (Episodes 7 & 8).
McAvoy plays Lord Asriel, who has a demon in the form of a snow leopard, while Wilson’s Mrs. Coulter has a monkey. Miranda’s air balloon-flying Texan Lee Scoresby enjoys singing with his demon.
The cast of HBO and BBC’s His Dark Materials also includes Anne-Marie Duff, Clarke Peters, Ariyon Bakare, Will Keen, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, Lucian Msamati, James Cosmo, Ruta Gedmintas, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell, Simon Manyonda, Amir Wilson, Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson, and Tyler Howitt.
Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, 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 line-up of executive producers for His Dark Materials include Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf, Pullman, Thorne, Hooper, Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich, and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema, and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One.