Green Goes From Bond Babe to Good Witch
Pullman adaptation also features Kidman
The adaptation of the first part of Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy is set to begin production in September with Chris Weitz at the helm. New Line has slated the $150-million franchise pic for a Nov. 16, 2007 release date.
Newcomer Dakota Blue Richards will play heroine Lyra Belacqua, a plucky young orphan who embarks on a fantastical, mystical and spiritual journey that involves helpful daemons, armor-clad polar bears and a peculiar Dust that may hold the secrets of the universe. Nicole Kidman signed on earlier this week to play Mrs. Coulter, one of Lyra's main adversaries.
Green will reportedly play Serafina Pekkala (Variety spells the witch's last name "Pekula," perhaps somewhat confusing her with the late director Alan J. Pakula), ruler of a clan of helpful witches who aid Lyra.
The 26-year-old Green, who had her big break in Bernardo Bertolucci's "The Dreams," but it currently best known to American audiences for her work in Ridley Scott's "Kingdom of Heaven." That will change this fall when Green plays female lead Vesper Lynd in "Casino Royale," Daniel Craig's first turn as James Bond.