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HBO's His Dark Materials Release Date Is Just Around the Corner

HBO's His Dark Materials official twitter accounts have announced that the release date for the series will be Nov. 4.

His Dark Materials is based on Philip Pullman's eponymous trilogy, which takes place in a world very similar to ours where human souls reside outside of the body and take the shape of animals, or "daemons." The protagonist is Lyra Belacqua (Dafne Keen), a 12-years-old orphan raised in Oxford who possesses the rare gift of being able to read the alethiometer, a compass of truth.

The Authority (a stand-in for the Catholic church) rules Lyra's world and is obsessed with Dust, a physical particle that they consider to be related to the original sin. When children start to disappear, and Lyra's uncle Lord Asriel (James McAvoy) leaves Oxford to lead a Dust-related expedition, Marisa Coulter (Ruth Wilson,) a mysterious Authority collaborator, takes Lyra into her house, a place where the girl will uncover a sinister conspiracy that leads her to the North Pole.

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Judging by the trailer, it looks like the first season will closely follow the first book of Pullman's trilogy, Northern Lights. There are rumors that the series has been renewed for a second season.

His Dark Materials is directed by Tom Hooper and stars Dafne Keen as Lyra, Ruth Wilson as Marisa Coulter, James McAvoy as Lord Asriel and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Lee Scoresby. It will premiere on HBO on Nov. 4.

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