His Dark Materials is based on the Philip Pullman’s bestselling novels The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass (collectively known as the His Dark Materials trilogy).
The series involves a parallel world where a person’s soul exists outside one’s body in the form of a talking animal. It’s the story of young Lyra (Logan star Dafne Keen) who embarks on a global adventure when she’s thrust into a mystery surrounding missing children and a particle called Dust which holds vast secrets to the universe.
The Golden Compass was previously adapted with a 2007 film that starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. The film was poorly received, but HBO — co-producing the title along with BBC One — is coming off the success of Game of Thrones and has proved itself adept at handling dark and complex grown-up fantasy material. The books and the film were also controversial in that they’re critical of organized religion in general and Catholicism in particular (the film was even targeted for a boycott).
The trailer comes following a Hall H panel that included stars James McAvoy (Lord Asriel), Dafne Keen (Lyra), Lin-Manuel Miranda (Lee Scoresby), Ruth Wilson (Mrs. Coulter) and executive producer Jane Tranter.