Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Logan’ Breakout in Talks for ‘Golden Compass’ Series
It’s been almost three years since we first heard Philip Pullman’s fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials would get new life on TV, and the wait was worth it. New reports suggest Lin-Manuel Miranda is in talks for a key role, along with Logan star Dafne Keen.
Per Entertainment Weekly, Miranda is in talks to portray balloonist adventurer Lee Scoresby in the eight-part adaptation, which covers the Materials of Pullman’s novels The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. New Line Cinema and production company Bad Wolf first announced the adaptation in 2015, and Oscar-winner Tom Hooper has been circling the project to direct. Keen, meanwhile, is in talks for the lead role of Lyra, a young orphan girl who sets out to find a kidnapped friend, and winds up embroiled in the prophecies of a world in which science, theology and magic are entwined.
It was in 2007 that His Dark Materials opening novel Northern Lights served as the basis for a film adaptation featuring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman, pulling in $370 million worldwide. New Line ultimately abandoned plans for a Golden Compass sequel, believing the effort a failure replicate the success of The Lord of the Rings.
We’ll hear more as Miranda and Keen continue negotiations for the series, but check out the original 2007 trailer below for a sense of what lies in store.
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