Filming only began less than two months ago, but already The BBC has ordered an eight-part second season of their upcoming series “His Dark Materials” based on Philip Pullman’s fantasy novel trilogy. Filming on the first season began in late July at Wolf Studios Wales.
The stories are about the coming of age of two children, Lyra and Will, who move through parallel universes. “Logan” star Dafne Keen will be playing the main character Lyra with Lin Manuel-Miranda as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy as Lyra’s uncle Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters as The Master who trains Lyra. Ian Gelder as Librarian Scholar Charles, Ruth Wilson as the glamorous Mrs. Coulter, Will Keen as Father MacPhail, Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal, and Georgina Campbell as journalist Adele Starminster.
Jack Thorne is penning “The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper is directing some of the eight-part first season with Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner producing. Hooper is also reportedly trying to fit in the live-action adaptation of the Broadway musical “Cats” for Universal Pictures and Working Title. The first “His Dark Materials” book was previously adapted into the film “The Golden Compass”.