When does His Dark Materials start on BBC, who is the cast for the Philip Pullman series and who plays Lyra Belacqua?

When does His Dark Materials start on BBC, who is the cast for the Philip Pullman series and who plays Lyra Belacqua?

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PHILIP Pullman’s new series, His Dark Materials, is set to air on the BBC in November 2019

Fans cannot wait to see their favourite book character brought to life but who’s in the cast, who’s playing Lyra Belacqua, and when does it start? Let’s get the lowdown.

Dafne Keen
Dafne Keen takes on the role of Lyra Belacqua
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When does His Dark Materials start on BBC?

His Dark Materials – which has already become a cult phenomenon for millions of readers – will kick off on BBC One at 8pm on Sunday, November 3 2019.

The series will be based on the trilogy of fantasy novels – which consists of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

The series follows Lyra Belacqua as she travels through various parallel universes, meeting a host of fantastical creatures including witches and armoured polar bears.

The 8-part series will air weekly in the lead up to Christmas, with the final episode hitting screens on Sunday, December 22 2019.

 Lyra Belacqua will be played by actress Dafne Keen
Dafne Keen is one of the few confirmed stars of the series
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The BBC’s official synopsis for the series states: “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.

It continues: “In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds.

“As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.”

Who’s in the cast, and who plays Lyra Belacqua?

The character of Lyra Belacqua will be played by actress Dafne Keen.

Dafne is best known for playing Wolverine’s daughter, X-23, in Marvel’s Logan. She also played the role of Ana “Ani” Cruz Oliver in the television series The Refugees.

She’s the daughter of British actor Will Keen and Spanish actress María Fernández Ache.

Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is also reportedly in talks to portray balloonist and adventurer Lee Scoresby in the adaptation.

It’ll be directed by The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper.

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