Hamilton-creator and Moana composer Lin-Manuel Miranda is inches away from signing on to play Texan airship captain Lee Scoresby in the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy of young adult novels.
Phillip Pullman’s novels, set in a parallel Earth where people’s souls inhabit animal familiars that accompany them at all times, have seen an attempt at being brought to live-action before with 2007’s dire The Golden Compass (which irked fans with its haphazard adaptation, and confused newcomers with its near non-stop exposition) that tried to bring the first book in the trilogy – Northern Lights – to the big screen. After drastically underperforming at the US Box Office, and failing to capture the sort of fervent fandom of the Harry Potter franchise that studio New Line Pictures had hoped for, plans for sequels were dropped. In The Golden Compass Lee Scoresby, who Lin-Manuel Miranda looks set to play, was played by actor Sam Elliot.
New Line will still produce the new series, alongside Welsh-company Bad Wolf, and director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) is also in talks to direct all eight episodes of the series – which will span the entire trilogy of novels.
Dafne Keen, who made a huge impact on the big screen last year as X-23 in Fox’s critically and commercially acclaimed Logan, has already signed on to play series protagonist Lyra.
His Dark Materials is currently eyeing a late-2019, early-2020 release. Lin-Manuel Miranda can next be seen in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, out on the 21st of December this year.