James McAvoy has joined the cast of BBC1 drama His Dark Materials.
The actor will play Lord Asriel in the epic eight-part adaptation of Phillip Pullman’s novels, while The Wire star Clarke Peters is also a new announcement for the series.
Peters, who most recently appeared in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, plays the master who raises Lyra – who will be portrayed by Logan star
McAvoy’s character Asriel is the father of orphan Lyra, who exists in a parallel universe.
The BBC adaptation of Pullman’s fantasy book trilogy
was announced in November 2015, with the script being penned by acclaimed writer Jack Thorne ( National Treasure, Kiri, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child).
The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper will be helming the project, while Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is also
reportedly in talks to portray balloonist and adventurer Lee Scoresby in the adaptation.
His Dark Materials will air on BBC1