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Friday, June 17, 2011

Film Fantasy Friday: The Amber Spyglass

Ok. I know, I know, there was a mostly-fail of a movie made out of The Golden Compass, the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy. And actually parts of it weren't so awful (this is why I am reusing some of the main actors). I wish it had done better, because I really wanted to see all of the books committed to film. But that's never going to happen, which is why we have Film Fantasy Fridays, period. So. Yes. The Amber Spyglass ahoy. This book has a FUCKTON of characters; I tried to cut the cast down to the most significant. Note: I'm casting this as though The Golden Compass had been a success, so the actors in question (particularly the young ones) are at their four-years-ago ages.

Lyra Silvertongue: played by Dakota Blue Richards, Lyra journeys into the land of the dead to free the souls trapped there, including those of her friends Roger and Lee Scoresby. Her daemon, Pantalaimon, will be voiced again by Freddie Highmore.

Will Parry: played by Luke Pasqualino, Will accompanies Lyra into the underworld, their journey made possible by his ability to use the Subtle Knife to open doors into other worlds.

Mrs Coulter: played by Cate Blanchett, Mrs. Coulter allies herself with Asriel in an attempt to overthrow the Authority, whom the Magisterium worships.

Lord Asriel: played by Daniel Craig, Asriel and his forces, an army from all worlds, are fixated on destroying the power of the Authority both in heaven and on earth.

Iorek Byrnison: voiced by Ian McKellen, Iorek and his bears fight with Asriel against the Authority.

Metatron: played by Marton Csokas, Metatron is the Authority's Regent. He longs for the power wielded by the Authority and uses Mrs. Coulter to get at it.

Mary Malone: played by Franka Potente, Mary is a scientist and former nun who travels to the world of the mulefa. In her time there she accidentally discovers the true nature of Dust.

Serafina Pekkala: played by Eva Green, Serafina is a witch queen and Lyra's friend.

Xaphania: played by Tilda Swinton, Xaphania is the leader of the rebel angels of heaven and an ally of Lord Asriel.

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