Based on Philip Pullman's fantasy novels, the cast will also include Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Clarke Peters, Anne-Marie Duff, Ariyon Bakare, Ian Gelder, Georgina Campbell, and Will Keen.
Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema are producing for the BBC; principal photography is currently underway in Cardiff.
The eight-part series, penned by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), covers the first three books in the series: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. The first two episodes will be directed by The King's Speech Academy Award winner Tom Hooper.
His Dark Materials casts Dafne Keen as Lyra, the precocious girl whose “adventures with a truth-telling device called the alethiometer bring her into contact with her mysterious Uncle Asriel (McAvoy), a terrifying woman named Mrs. Coulter (Wilson) and a strange phenomenon called Dust,” according to Variety. “On her journey from Oxford to London and beyond, Lyra meets charismatic aeronaut and adventurer Lee Scoresby (Miranda).”
“The caliber of our cast and directors is a testament to the brilliance of Jack Thorne’s scripts and also the sheer bravura, depth and imagination of Philip Pullman’s original novels,” Bad Wolf founder and executive producer Jane Tranter stated. “Our determination is to sound every note of the books in a series that will fully explore the many worlds and concepts in Philip’s work.”