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‘His Dark Materials’ Trailer: HBO Fantasy Includes Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda & One Really Big Bear

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As one character notes in this trailer for HBO’s His Dark Materials, there is, indeed, a myriad of worlds, certainly in Philip Pullman’s modern classic of imaginative fiction. In this clip alone we see demons in the forms of leopards, monkeys and one huge big bear.

Actually, that bear might not be a demon – some things are best left unspoiled – but the trailer provides an intriguing look at Season 1 of the upcoming fantasy series. Adapted from Pullman’s award-winning book trilogy, His Dark Materials follows Lyra, “a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world,” in HBO’s description. “Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.”

Adapted by Jack Thorne (Broadway’s Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), His Dark Materials received a commitment from HBO and the BBC for an initial 16-part run across two seasons. Filmed in Wales, the series follows Lyra and her courageous friend Will (Amir Wilson) as they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, “with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.”

Also starring are James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, who has a demon in the form of a snow leopard; Ruth Wilson as villainess Mrs. Coulter (who has a monkey); and Lin-Manuel Miranda who plays Lee Scoresby, a Texan who flies air balloons.

Produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema, the series also features Anne-Marie Duff, Clarke Peters, Ariyon Bakare, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, Lucian Msamati, James Cosmo, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell, Simon Manyonda, Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson and Tyler Howitt. Voice stars include Peaky Blinders’ Helen McCrory, Poirot’s David Suchet and comedian Cristela Alonzo.

Executive producing are Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, Joel Collins and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Philip Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, Otto Bathhurst; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One.

His Dark Materials debuts Monday, Nov. 4, 9 pm ET/PT, on HBO (the debut BBC airing is Sunday, Nov. 3).

Check out the trailer above.


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