His Dark Materials books: What Philip Pullman books is His Dark Materials based on?

Philip Pullman is a renowned author for both children and adults. His epic trilogy of fantasy novels made his name, and have already been adapted into a movie starring Nicole Kidman. But now James McAvoy is starring in a new series, His Dark Materials.

Which Philip Pullman books is His Dark Materials based on?

The TV series is based on the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy, Northern Lights. 

This was also known as The Golden Compass in the USA, hence the 2007 movie of the same name.

The novel was published in 1995, and was followed up by the final two books in the series, The Subtle Knife (1997) and The Amber Spyglass (2000.)

After the trilogy, Pullman also wrote two shorter books in the same universe, called Lyra’s Oxford (2003) and Once Upon a Time in the North (2008.) 

Pullman then started a new trilogy, The Book of Dust, with novel La Belle Sauvage in 2017, followed by The Secret Commonwealth in 2019.

With regards the series of His Dark Materials, there are plans for three series of the drama, which will likely follow the events of the following novels, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

It has also been suggested there could be an adaptation of the new trilogy, The Book of Dust.

However, this would likely depend on the star of the new series, Dafne Keen.

The actress told Radio Times: “I mean if we get that far I’d happily do it because I love Lyra and it’d be like coming home, basically. So yeah, I’d happily do it I think.”

Of course, these books follow a Lyra in various different times in her life, meaning it could be a complicated one to adapt.

However, if the series is a success, fans could expect for more adaptations to come in the future.

Who is in His Dark Materials adaptation?

Dafne Keen plays Lyra Belacqua, the main protagonist of the novel series, while Ruth Wilson plays Marisa Coulter, one of the main antagonists.

James McAvoy plays Lord Asriel, while Anne-Marie Duff plays Ma Costa, James Cosmo is Farder Coram and Ariyon Bakare is Lord Carlo Boreal.

Roger Parslow is played by Lewin Lloyd and John Faa is played by Lucian Msamati.

Other major stars appear in recurring roles, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, Omid Djalili as Dr Lanselius and Ruta Gedmintas plays Serafina Pekkala.

Helen McCrory also has a voice role in the series as Stelmaria, while David Suchet voices Kaisa and Kit Connor voices Pantalaimon.

The series has been adapted by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne, and directed by various names including Tom Hooper.

His Dark Materials is on BBC One weekly on Sundays at 8pm

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