Lin-Manuel Miranda geeks out on ‘His Dark Materials’

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda says he said yes to being in the adaptation of “His Dark Materials” before he even knew what part he was being offered.

Miranda plays Lee Scoresby, a cowboy who flies hot air balloons and gets into bar fights, although he says he would have sharpened pencils to be part of the production.

He and his fellow castmates James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson debuted a trailer for the HBO and BBC series based on the Philip Pullman novels Thursday evening at Comic-Con in San Diego.

The books hold a special place in Miranda’s heart. He says he and his wife read them together when they first started dating. He also likened filming to being at summer camp.

HBO has yet to set a premiere date for the series.

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