With filming on the third and final season of His Dark Materials now underway, it’s been announced that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jamie Ward, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Simon Harrison and Chipo Chung have joined the cast.
The official synopsis for the series is as follows:
Adapting Philip Pullman’s award-winning trilogy of the same name, which is considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction, the first season follows Lyra, 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. As she journeys through the worlds, including our own, Lyra meets Will, a determined and courageous boy. Together, they encounter extraordinary beings and dangerous secrets, with the fate of both the living — and the dead — in their hands.
Executive producer, Jane Tranter, released a statement saying:
This season is both an epic adventure and a story about love and truth. Jack, Francesca and Amelia’s scripts capture the brilliance of Philip’s worlds and we are joined by our much-loved existing cast and some exceptional talent new to the series.
The final season of BBC and HBO’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s fantasy adventure novels will be based on The Amber Spyglass, where Lyra and Will travel through different worlds to find each other. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (whose credits include Suicide Squad and Farming) will be playing the role of Commander Ogunwe. Jamie Ward (whose credits include Tyrant and Cliffs of Freedom) will be playing the role of Father Gomez. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (whose credits include Mary Poppins Returns and Zack Snyder’s Justice League), Simon Harrison (whose credits include No Man’s Land and Endeavour), and Chipo Chung (whose credits include Into The Badlands and Resurrection) will be playing the roles of rebel angels Balthamos, Baruch, and Xaphania. The report from Deadline also states that Amber Fitzgerald Woolfe will also be joining the cast, playing the role of Ama.
They will join a cast that includes Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Ruth Wilson, Simone Kirby, Will Keen, Jade Anouka, Ruta Gedminstas and James McAvoy.