HBO and the BBC have made with some more cast details for their His Dark Materials TV adaption.
Alongside the previously announced cast for the series (Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy And Lin-Manuel Miranda) are the actors who will voice the humans’ animalistic daemon characters.
Each human is accompanied by a daemon; the physical manifestation of that person’s soul, a reflection of their inner self and their lifelong companion through the world.
Daemons take on the appearance of an animal, but with the voice and the intelligence of a human. In childhood, a daemon can change its animal form at will, but at a certain stage of adolescence a daemon settles into its final form – forever reflecting the character of their person.
Helen McCrory (Harry Potter) voices Stelmaria, Lord Asriel’s Snow Leopard, while David Suchet (Poirot) is Kaisa, gyrfalcon daemon to the witch Serafina Pekkala (played by Ruta Gedmintas).
Aeronaut Lee Scoresby’s daemon is an arctic hare called Hester, voiced by American comedian Cristela Alonzo and Lyra Belacqua’s unsettled daemon, Pantalaimon, is voiced by Kit Connor (Rocketman).
Although Mrs Coulter’s mysterious Golden Monkey doesn’t speak or have a name, his animal noises and vocal characteristics will be created by Brian Fisher (Detective Pikachu), who is also lead puppeteer and CFX coordinator on the series.
Finally, in the frozen wilderness of the North exist a race of armoured bears (or panserbjørne). Both skilled metal workers and fierce warriors, they have their own culture and laws. Notable to the series is Iorek Byrnison, a bear who Lyra meets on her quest who will be voiced by Joe Tandberg (The Innocents).
His Dark Materials is produced by Bad Wolf and New Line Cinema for BBC One and HBO.