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 fall, fans know that production on a second season is already underway – with Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Sherlock) set to join the second season of the series, which stars Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Now, the cable giant has revealed the voice cast for the series' eight-episode first season – including:
● Lyra Belacqua's (Keen) daemon Pan(-talaimon) – Kit Connor (Rocketman)
● Lee Scoresby's (Mirnada) daemon Hester – Comedian Cristela Alonzo
● Serafina Pekkala's (Ruta Gedmintas) daemon Kaisa – David Suchet (Agatha Christie's Poirot)
● Lord Asriel's (McAvoy) daemon Stelmaria – Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders)
● Mrs. Coulter's (Wilson) daemon – puppeteer Brian Fisher (Detective Pikachu)
● Iorek Byrnison, a panserbjørne – Joe Tandberg (The Innocents)
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.