His Dark Materials Trailer Teases HBO’s Next Fantasy Series

While the trailer confirms reports that the eight-episode series will focus largely on Pullman's first book, The Golden Compass (or, as it's known overseas, Northern Lights), fans hoping for a complete adaptation of the story shouldn't be too anxious: His Dark Materials has already been renewed for a second season.

As Lyra searches for a kidnapped friend, she uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and their daemons - the external version of a person's inner-self, which takes the form of an animal.

The small-screen adaptation boasts an all-star ensemble that includes X-Men's James McAvoy (as Lord Asriel), The Affair's Ruth Wilson (as Mrs. Coulter) and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (as Lee Scoresby).

His Dark Materials: Season One is set to air on BBC One and HBO this Autumn. Though the film adaptation of the first book, The Golden Compass, left a lot of fans disappointed, a new HBO/BBC adaptation looks to change that. Little do they know that the fate of the living and the dead are in their hands.

If the trailer is anything to go by, it's going to be a feast for the eyes - it looks incredible, with a variety of creatures in store including witches, demons and armoured polar bears, while the subject matter traverses the tricky concepts of physics, philosophy and theology.

HBO is co-producing the series with the BBC. The show is written by Jack Thorne and the first two episodes will be directed by Tom Hooper.

Produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema, "His Dark Materials" will air on The BBC in the United Kingdom and HBO in the U.S. HBO is also distributing the series outside the United Kingdom. After series one, which covers the first installment of Northern Lights, the story continues in The Subtle Knife where Lyra is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds.

As HBO's Game of Thrones concludes its television fantasy epic this Sunday with the series finale, another saga is about to begin.

  • Jacqueline Ellis