According to Deadline, Tom Hooper has tapped Logan star Dafne Keen to star in the BBC’s new event series adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials saga. The project has been in the works since 2016, but with Hooper—who also directed The King’s Speech—on board, it seems to be moving a bit quicker now. The plan is for His Dark Materials to be an eight-part series, adapting Pullman’s books Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Dedicated polar bear fans will probably recall that the first book was previously adapted into The Golden Compass in 2007, a film that failed to become the epic movie saga that fans hoped it would be.
Keen played Laura/X-23 in Logan, Wolverine’s clone, and in His Dark Materials she’ll be playing main protagonist Lyra. The adapation will begin fliming soon, and the rest of the cast is set to be announced “in the coming weeks.” Last year, Pullman released La Belle Sauvage, the first book in a new trilogy that acts as a prequel/sequel to His Dark Materials. More than a decade after the last attempt at a movie came out, this series finally seems to be getting some new life.