First preview for BBC's new take on Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials unveiled
A first look at BBC's new adaptation of Philip Pullman's bestselling series His Dark Materials has arrived. Click below to watch it:
The series will debut on BBC One and HBO later this year and will feature eight episodes.
Set in a parallel universe, the series follows the adventures of a young girl named Lyra Belacqua who journeys to the far North to save her best friend and other kidnapped children from terrible experiments by a mysterious organisation.
For the series, which has been adapted by Harry Potter And The Cursed Child writer Jack Thorne, James McAvoy plays Lord Asriel, the ruthless adventurer with Logan star Dafne Keen playing Lyra.
Clarke Peters, who recently starred in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, plays the master who raises Lyra. Ruth Wilson will play Marisa Coulter and Lin-Manuel Miranda playing adventurer Lee Scoresby.
Tom Hooper, director of The King's Speech and Peaky Blinders' Otto Bathurst are among the directors on the series.
The adaptation, which is thought to be one of the most expensive British scripted series to date, has already been confirmed to return for a second run.
The series has been adapted into film once before, in 2007, with a cast that included Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, Eva Green and Ian McKellen.