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Comic-Con His Dark Materials Extended Trailer Roars to Life

"An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy HIS DARK MATERIALS is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction".

The first full trailer for HBO's eagerly awaited new fantasy series His Dark Materials debuted at Comic-Con on Thursday (above). "Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust".

The panel will include Dafne Keen (Lyra), James McAvoy (Lord Asriel), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby), and Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter), as well as producers of the show.

"His Dark Materials" comes to HBO this autumn.

He said he is a huge fan of the books and read them with his wife when they started dating.

Finally, here's a fresh look at Lyra with her adorable daemon Pantalaimon in pine marten form - and in her hands, she's holding the alethiometer, the "Golden Compass" of the first book's United States title, which goes by its original title Northern Lights in the UK.

His Dark Materials series writer Jack Thorne admitted that he cycled through 40 drafts of the first episode alone, trying to flawless the tone and capture every little nuance of Pullman's stories to do right by the source material. The mythical dial is a truth-telling device that takes considerable study to master, and which Lyra finds herself adept at using. We think it's safe to say that's not how they feel today, because the intense new trailer looks like everything they'd want from the show. Rather, like Pullman did in his books, the His Dark Materials series criticizes "a particular form of control, where there is a very deliberate attempt to withhold information, keep people in the dark, and not allow ideas and thinking to be free".

Tranter, who was behind the BBC's hugely successful revival of Doctor Who, said the many adaptations of His Dark Materials "have been brilliant in their own ways", but the "real estate of television" has changed. "It doesn't equate to any particular church or form or religion in our world and we should be clear on that".

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