Are you ready to lose yourself in another world? Are you already a fan of The Golden Compass and Philip Pullman’s other books? Are you looking for a new show that you know won’t be canceled after one season? Then His Dark Materials, coming to HBO, with a stellar cast and novel concept, is the show for you.
Here’s everything we know about His Dark Materials, including its release date on HBO and BBC, along with the plot, cast, and news about Season 2.
When Is the His Dark Materials Release Date on HBO and BBC?
An exact release date has yet to be announced, by the BBC or HBO, though the latter’s new teaser for its 2019 programming (below) does include footage from the series.
HBO inked a similar deal with British network Channel 4 to distribute the original movie Brexit starring Benedict Cumberbatch. The film debuted on Channel 4 on January 7 before hitting HBO two days later on January 9. So it’s possible we could see a similar staggered rollout for His Dark Materials.
We will let you know when we have an official release date.
Where Will His Dark Materials Air?
In the United States, it will be airing on HBO, which is the international distributor. In the UK, it will air on the BBC.
Is There a His Dark Materials Trailer?
There isn’t a full trailer yet, but there is a 30-second teaser, courtesy of the BBC (above). It doesn’t reveal much, but it does offer a look at the world of the series as well as some key members of the cast.
What Is His Dark Materials About?
The series is based on Pullman’s series of three novels. As BBC One details, the first is Northern Lights (titled The Golden Compass in North America), in which the orphan Lyra looks for a missing friend only to find so much more.
“Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra’s search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.”
This world includes the physical manifestation of a person’s soul in the form of a daemon.
Who Is in the His Dark Materials Cast?
You should recognize much of the cast, which was initially announced by BBC and Bad Wolf in July 2018.
Dafne Keen plays Lyra. James McAvoy plays her uncle, Lord Asriel. Clarke Peters plays The Master and Ian Gelder the Librarian Scholar Charles, both of whom protect Lyra in Jordan College, Oxford.
Ruth Wilson plays “the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs. Coulter,” whose presence in Lyra’s life leads her to London. There, she attends a glittering society party and learns about the “sinister” General Oblation Board. It is also there that she counters Will Keen’s Father MacPhail, Ariyon Bakare’s Lord Boreal, and Georgina Campbell’s journalist Adele Starminster.
Her journey leads her to boat dwelling Gyptians, played by Anne-Marie Duff (Ma Costa), James Cosmo (Farder Coram), Lucian Msamati (John Faa), Mat Fraser (Raymond Van Geritt), Geoff Bell (Jack Verhoeven), and Simon Manyonda (Benjamin de Ruyter).
Lin-Manuel Miranda plays “charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby … who becomes one of Lyra’s closest allies.”
The rest of the cast includes Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow, Daniel Frogson as Tony Costa, Tyler Howitt as Billy Costa, and Archie Banes as Pantalaimon.
Will There Be a His Dark Materials Season 2?
Here’s some good news: We already know the answer to that. The series was renewed in September 2018, according to Deadline, which makes sense since there’s an entire trilogy of books to cover.
Then again, considering what happened with the Golden Compass movie, we probably shouldn’t take anything for granted.
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