‘His Dark Materials’ Gets Premiere Date From HBO

Series stars Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and James McAvoy


HBO has set a November premiere date for its long-awaited adaptation of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials.”

The pay TV channel said Thursday that the series, which is already filming its second season in Wales, U.K., will debut Monday, Nov. 4 at 9/8c on HBO.

“His Dark Materials” follows Lyra (Dafne Keen), a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world. Her search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children and becomes a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust.

Along with Keen, the TV adaptation stars Ruth Wilson as Mrs. Coulter, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel, Clarke Peters as The Master of Jordan College, James Cosmo as Farder Coram and Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa, with Will Keen as Father MacPhail and Ariyon Bakare as Lord Boreal.

“His Dark Materials,” which received an initial two-season order from BBC One and HBO, is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema. Executive producers include: Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter, Joel Collins and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Pullman, Jack Thorne, Tom Hooper, Otto Bathurst; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; and Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One.