First full trailer for 'His Dark Materials' grips Comic Con

Sir Philip Pullman

Sir Philip Pullman

His Dark Materials is coming soon to HBO. Lyra is adopted by Mrs Coulter (Ruth Wilson), but quickly suspects that a plot is under way when her friend Roger and numerous other children are kidnapped.

The Victorian era-inspired background of His Dark Materials sees humans living in concert with their daemons, which are sort of like animal familiars and are physical manifestations of their souls.

What I can tell you is that there's a crapload of very exciting talent involved with this: we have James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Logan breakout star Daphne Keen leading the whole affair as Lyra, a courageous young girl who uncovers a child kidnapping plot that leads to world-shaking ramifications.

Philip Pullman's series of novels - which consists of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass - follows Lyra, an orphan who lives in a parallel universe in which science, theology and magic are entwined.

Honestly, this trailer included everything that sells His Dark Materials as a must-watch fantasy event, at least for the first episode. "They're in a really special place in my heart".

Sir Philip was not attacking a particular religion, Tranter said, rather a "form of control" and "deliberate attempts to control information and not allowing people to be free". "I am a huge fan of the books".

I have not read Pullman's novels, but I must admit that I am totally here for hunks like James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda cruising around in great outfits, puffy jackets, and zeppelins as Ruth Wilson schemes and Logan breakout Dafne Keen goes on adventures.

The Golden Compass was adapted for film in 2007 starring Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman but was panned by critics. He agreed with Tranter's comments about the series being important for all ages, adding that it's very timely in 2019.

The eight-part series doesn't yet have a release date, but there's hopes it'll hit screens in 2019.