C.S. Lewis was a lay theologian, and his ideas on faith and humanity helped inspire his acclaimed series The Chronicles of Narnia. Imagine a world where a similar author was instead delighted more in physics, philosophy, and criticizing the corruption that comes with organized religion. The literary outcome would be the His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman.
In Pullman's universe, which looks very much like our Victorian era, everyone is accompanied by an animal familiar that represents the human soul. At the center of this story in this fantastical world, is young orphan Lyra Belacqua, an orphan living at Jordan College, Oxford. Her dull drum day-t0-day is interrupted when she discovers a dark secret that involves her uncle Lord Asriel and the deviously secretive Marisa Coulter. In her adventures, Lyra faces off against the many dangers of the world, including the oppressive Magisterium, the world's largest religion which exerts control over society. His Dark Materials, with its star-studded cast, will be the second adaptation of Pullman's series after 2007 film The Golden Compass.
Here's everything you need to know to stream His Dark Materials.
What is His Dark Materials?
- Launched: November 2019
- Channel: HBO
- Genre: Fantasy
- Starring: Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua, Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, Anne-Marie Duff as Ma Costa, Clarke Peters as The Master/Dr. Carne, James Cosmo as Farder Coram, Ariyon Bakare as Lord Carlo Boreal, Will Keen as Father MacPhail, Lucian Msamati as John Faa, Gary Lewis as Thorold, Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow, Daniel Frogson as Tony Costa, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel Belacqua, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby, Ruta Gedmintas as Serafina Pekkala, Tyler Howitt as Billy Costa, Simon Manyonda as Benjamin De Ruyter, Mat Fraser as Raymond Van Gerrit, Geoff Bell as Jack Verhoeven, Georgina Campbell as Adele Starminster, Ian Gelder as Librarian Scholar Charles, Patrick Godfrey as Butler, Philip Goldacre as Sub-Rector, Richard Cunningham as Chaplain, Morfydd Clark as Sister Clara, Ian Peck as Cardinal Sturrock, David Langham as Father Garret, Ray Fearon as Mr. Hanway, Omid Djalili as Dr. Lanselius
- Seasons: 1
- Status: Season 2 premiers Monday, November 17 at 9pm EST.
His Dark Materials Reviews
What the critics are saying:
- "In short, this is the adaptation fans have been waiting two decades to see." -Kaitlin Thomas, TV Guide
- "The plot of His Dark Materials is a fusion of ripping adventure yarn and coming-of-age story; neglecting the latter in favor of the former, on the misapprehension that action pleases audiences more than character, is a mistake this production does not make. The expanse of eight episodes makes it possible to do justice to both sweeping quests and intimate conversations." -Laura Miller, Slate
How to watch His Dark Materials
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His Dark Materials on Amazon Prime on HBO
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His Dark Materials on HBO Max
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