James McAvoy and “The Wire” actor Clarke Peters are set to star in the upcoming TV adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” novels.
McAvoy will play Lord Asriel, father to Lyra (Dafne Keen) – the role which Daniel Craig played in the 2007 feature version “The Golden Compass”. Clarke will play the master who raises Lyra in the series described as the coming of age story of two children, Lyra and Will, who move through parallel universes.
Tom Hooper directs the eight-part series which also stars Lin Manuel-Miranda as Lee Scoresby. Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner will produce. Both Apple and Netflix are reportedly in contention for streaming rights.