Tom Hooper Boards 'His Dark Materials' Series Starring 'Logan' Breakout Dafne Keen
Мар 10 2018 by Francis Osborne
EW can also confirm that Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech) is nearing a final deal to direct the series.
Many are interested to see what Keen tackles next, and it appears that she is staying in the fantasy/sci-fi realm with the highly anticipated miniseries based on Philip Pullman's popular series of novels, His Dark Materials.
Keen will play Lyra, an orphan who lives in a parallel universe, and Miranda will play adventurer Lee Scoresby. BBC bosses snapped up the series, which has been scripted by This Is England '90 and Wonder writer Jack Thorne.
Hooper won an Oscar for The King's Speech in 2011 which he followed up with the Academy Award magnet Les Misérables the following year, more recently he garnered critical success with The Danish Girl, and is now working on a film adaption of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Cats.
The series would presumably include all three books in the fantasy trilogy, "Northern Lights", "The Subtle Knife", and "The Amber Spyglass".
Keen made a big debut in Logan, where she took on the challenging role of Laura, aka X-23, the furious little mutant who teamed up with Wolverine for Hugh Jackman's franchise swan song.
Keen is set to play Lyra, one of the central characters who wanders through a series of parallel universes.
Not many details have been released since the landmark adaptation was announced more than two years ago, and news of Lin-Manuel's involvement is one of just a few tidbits leaked yesterday (March 8). Deadline notes that the show will be distributed by the BBC in the United Kingdom, and that Apple and Netflix have expressed an interest in the U.S. and global rights for the show.
Philip Pullman fans will be hoping for a more faithful adaptation, after the 2007 film starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman failed to live up to expectations.
Bad Wolf and BBC Worldwide, which will distribute the series, have reportedly been in talks with various global broadcasters and streaming services to find a set home for His Dark Materials.
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