The drama – which is adapted from Pullman’s hugely successful trilogy of novels – will air later this year over eight episodes on BBC One.
The new pictures, which were shared by the BBC on social media earlier today (July 18), give an early glimpse of some of the show’s main characters and creatures. You can see them here:
— BBC One (@BBCOne) July 18, 2019
James McAvoy was among the first names to have been added to the adaptation. Deadline reported that McAvoy, along with The Wire star Clarke Peters, joined the project as filming began in June 2018.
The series will see McAvoy play Lord Asriel, who was played by Daniel Craig in the 2007 film adaptation, The Golden Compass.
Peters, meanwhile, will play the Master who raises Lyra (Dafne Keen), the daughter of Lord Asriel. Lin-Manuel Miranda has also been confirmed as a cast member, with the Hamilton creator playing Lee Scoresby.
Who is willing to fight for truth and freedom? ⁰
— His Dark Materials (@daemonsanddust) July 18, 2019
The official synopsis released earlier this year indicated that the series will follow orphan Lyra Belacqua, who lives in a parallel universe, as she embarks on a quest to find her kidnapped friend and subsequently discovers an ominous plot involving kidnapped children.
The series has been in the works since 2015 and involves This is England writer Jack Thorne. A second series has already been planned.