‘His Dark Materials’ adaptation adds Ruth Wilson to cast


Ruth Wilson (The Affair, Luther) has signed to star in BBC One’s adaptation of His Dark Materials, reports Deadline.

His Dark Materials is based on a trilogy of novels by Philip Pullman.

The fantasy series follows the story of twelve-year-old Lyra, an orphaned girl who travels through parallel universes in search of her missing friend Roger.

Lyra is aided by her friend Will and their dæmons – physical manifestations of their inner selves.

Deadline describes the series as “a complex tale of physics, philosophy, and theology featuring witches and armored polar bears.”

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Wilson will be playing the role of Marisa Coulter, the beautiful former lover of Lord Asriel, Lyra’s adventurer uncle.

Marisa, thought to be Lyra’s mother, takes Lyra into her care and is a prominent character throughout the series.

This latest casting announcement follows the news earlier this week that James McAvoy (Split, the X-Men franchise) and Clarke Peters (The Wire, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) would be joining the cast, as Lord Asriel and Lyra’s mentor respectively.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, the upcoming Mary Poppins) will be starring as balloonist Lee Scoresby, who travels with an armored bear and helps Lyra on her quest.

Lyra will be played by Logan star Dafne Keen.

Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables) will direct His Dark Materials, while Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Wonder) has written the series.

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Hooper will also serve as executive producer on the series.

His Dark Materials is expected to start shooting in Wales later this year, as reported by Wales Online. Netflix and Apple are in talks for the international distribution rights.