Lin-Manuel Miranda could be playing a memorable character from Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials in the BBC’s upcoming adaptation of the beloved trilogy!
Back in 2015, we learned that BBC was officially working on adapting Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy for television. Helmed by director Tom Hooper, the new series will tell Pullman’s tale of Lyra’s adventures over eight parts.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard of production details from the adaptation, but now we’re learning of a huge name that’s been added to the cast.
According to entertainment columnist Baz Bamigboye, Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda has reportedly been cast in the upcoming BBC adaptation where he’ll be playing Lee Scoresby.
Bamigboye, who writes for The Daily Mail, took to Twitter to reveal the news with the world.
“Exclusive: @Lin_Manuel cast as balloon adventurer Lee Scoresby in 8-part @BBCOne/@BadWolf_TV adaptation of @PhilipPullman #HisDarkMaterials,” tweeted Bamigboye. “Shoots from this summer. Series to be directed by Oscar-Winning director #TomHooper.”
Exclusive: @Lin_Manuel cast as balloonist- adventurer Lee Scoresby in 8-part @BBCOne /@BadWolf_TV adaptation of @PhilipPullman #HisDarkMaterials @HisDarkMatTV .Shoots from this summer .Series to be directed by Oscar-winning director #TomHooper. pic.twitter.com/rlqL15JO0X
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) March 8, 2018
Miranda joins previously announced cast member Dafne Keen (Logan), who has been tapped to play Lyra in the BBC series.
In the books, Lee first meets Lyra at Trollesund where he pledges his support to John Faa and agrees to help him and the Egyptians save the kidnapped children. Later, along with a bit of help from the witches, he rescues both Lyra and Roger during the battle of Bolvangar.
Neither Pullman nor Miranda have commented on the casting news but we’re hoping we get official confirmation on the matter soon!