Fans of Philip Pullman hit the roof with excitement when it was announced that the His Dark Materials trilogy would be receiving a TV adaptation courtesy of the BBC, a reboot that, with Skins and This Is England writer Jack Thorne at the helm, can hopefully rewrite past wrongs.
The BBC's official synopsis for the show is as follows:
His Dark Materials is one of the supreme works of imaginative fiction for both children and adults published in the 20th century. Northern Lights introduces Lyra, an orphan, who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined. Lyra's search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen children, and turns into a quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust. In The Subtle Knife she is joined on her journey by Will, a boy who possesses a knife that can cut windows between worlds. As Lyra learns the truth about her parents and her prophesied destiny, the two young people are caught up in a war against celestial powers that ranges across many worlds and leads to a thrilling conclusion in The Amber Spyglass.
And, as no cast details have been released as of yet, we've taken it upon ourselves to cast our own daemon-lead dream team. Check it out:
Lyra Belacqua - Brighton Sharbino
Where you know her from: Miracles from Heaven, Growing Up Smith, The Walking Dead, True Detective
Lyra was a thin girl who was short for her age. Her hair was dark-blonde and she had pale blue eyes.
Lyra was a rebellious and unruly child, and often exasperated those who tried to care for her, such as the Jordan housekeeper and her tutors. Though she received little formal education, she was quick-witted and canny.
Will Parry - Levi Miller
Where you know him from: Supergirl, Pan
Will was responsible and mature from a young age, behaving more like a adult than a child for a large portion of his youth. Will had a strong sense of morality, which he exemplified in paying for goods in the abandoned city of Cittàgazze. He felt it was his obligation and duty to look after his mother, and often sacrificed his own enjoyment or well-being for her sake. Will was also practical and sensible, able to competently deal with problems, and he seemed to posses good foresight and troubleshooting ability. He was generally quiet, serious and courteous - but, in extreme situations (such as the murder of his father and when Lyra's confessed that she had told police officers she knew him), he was capable of intense anger.
Lord Asriel - Michael Fassbender
Where you know him from: Steve Jobs, X-Men, Frank, 12 Years a Slave, Prometheus, Shame
Lord Asriel is a member of the English aristocracy in a parallel universe dominated by an oppressive organization known as the Magisterium. He is described as being "a tall man with powerful shoulders, a fierce dark face, and eyes that seem to flash and glitter with savage laughter". Possessed of enormous determination and willpower, he is fierce in nature and commands great respect in both the political and academic spheres, being a military leader and a fellow of Jordan College in his world's version of Oxford.
Mrs. Coulter - Tilda Swinton
Where you know her from: The Grand Budapest Hotel, Only Lovers Left Alive, We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Chronicles of Narnia
She is cruel and merciless at times, stopping at nothing to get what she wants. She is deceptive, full of grace and beauty, and uses these qualities to get her way. However, when she finds her daughter in peril at Bolvangar, she experiences a sudden realisation of intense love and a wish to care for Lyra which outweighs her previous loyalty to the Church, and thereafter she goes to great lengths in the effort to shield her from the events around her.
Iorek Byrnison voiced by Idris Elba
Where you know him from: The Jungle Book, Zootopia, Luther, Beasts of No Nation, The Wire, Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iorek Byrnison is a male armoured bear (panserbjørn in Norwegian), a race of polar bear-like creatures. Like all panserbjørne, Iorek follows a very strict code of conduct, and will not, in any situation, betray a promise he has made. He possesses incredible strength, and like many of his kind is an expert metal-worker. He is a great friend to both Lyra Belacqua and Lee Scoresby.
Pantalaimon voiced by Jacob Tremblay
Where you know him from: Room, Before I Wake
Unlike his human counterpart, Pantalaimon was wary and even cowardly. He often acted to restrain Lyra's rashness and lack of restraint. He tried to keep her from situations which frightened him, such as the discovery of Tony Makarios, but his efforts were in vain.
Who would you cast in a His Dark Materials TV adaptation?