Philip Pullman's beloved fantasy series His Dark Materials is getting a fresh adaptation, and we've finally got some updates.
The website reports that "following lengthy negotiations" he has now closed a deal to direct the eight-part series, while 13-year-old Dafne has already been cast in the role of Lyra Belacqua.
As reported by Deadline, Dafne Keen, who portrayed Laura/X-23 in the gritty superhero film Logan, has signed on to star in His Dark Materials, the "big-budget" television adaptation of Philip Pullman's fantasy epic series of the same name.
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. National Treasure and Wonder writer Jack Thorne wrote the series in 2015. Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner's Bad Wolf banner produces in association with New Line Cinema for BBC One. Keen will be taking on the role of Lyra in the His Dark Materials series, the heroine of the book series who lives in a parallel universe to our own and teams up with the young Will Parry for a magical adventure.
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). I hear that Apple and Netflix are among the suitors for the USA and global rights.
While the 2006 film adaptation of the first novel, The Golden Compass, was met with a collective shrug of disappointment, fans have long hoped that Pullman's world of armor-clad polar bears, parallel universes, and complicated takes on organized religion would get the screen treatment it deserved.