Friday, August 18, 2006

His Dark Materials

I must admit, I just never got into Harry Potter. Sure I can enjoy the movies, but I just have never been able to get into reading the books. The series that has far and away captured my attention is His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. So I was SUPER excited to see this:

Daniel Craig joins The Golden Compass cast

Daniel Craig has become the latest high-profile actor to join the cast of the first instalment of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass.

Rumours had speculated that The Da Vinci Code's Paul Bettany was going to take on the role of mysterious adventurer Lord Asriel, however, New Line Production has announced that Craig, who is due to hit cinema screens as the latest James Bond, will play him.

Other A-listers signed up to the project include Nicole Kidman, who will star as the glamorous villain Mrs Coulter.

Rising star Dakota Blue Richards has already been cast as Lord Asriel's ward Lyra, a young girl who discovers that she is at the centre of a horrible conspiracy and must travel to the far north to save her best friend and other children from experiments being carried out by a mysterious organisation.

On her journey she encounters shape-shifting creatures, witches and other bizarre characters. Mrs Coulter, a sinister scholar and socialite, is mysteriously linked to Lyra.

The Golden Compass is expected to be in cinemas from November next year. Busy Craig will shoot the movie before making the 22nd Bond film.


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