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Meet Your Daemon in Golden Compass

June 24, 2007

After J. R. R. Tolkien’s the Ring Trilogy and C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia, not mentioning Inheritance Trilogy by much-younger Christopher Paolini (though, unfortunately, “Eragon” was received poorly), what would be the next for movie adaption? New Line Cinema answered the question by releasing a fantasy movie this December, “The Golden Compass”.

The movie is based on Philip Pullman’s same-name book (a.k.a. “Northen Lights”), the first of His Dark Materials trilogy.

“The story is set in a parallel world where people’s souls manifest themselves as small animals, talking bears fight wars, and children are mysteriously disappearing*. At the center of the story is a 12-years-old girl, Lyra, who sets out to find and rescue her best friend*, Roger, and ends up on an extraordinary quest to save not only her own world, but ours as well.”

That bit * sounds like some of the plot in “The City of Lost Children” to me. 😛 And the font used in the title looks similar to that in the Ring trilogy movies. In fact, New Line Cinema did try to remind you that the Ring trilogy they produced in the trailer.

Lyra in Golden Compass London in Golden Compass

Our heroin is a new girl called Dakota Blue Richards, who was chosen from some 10,000 girls (wow!). The cast in this movie also include Nicole Kidman as Mrs Coulter (Why? Nicole is a blonde) , Daniel Craig as Lord Asriel and Eva Green as Serafina (co-starred with Craig in “Casino Royale”).

You can watch the trailer in its official web site, and other stuff, including a personality quiz, “Meet Your Dæmon” (Click “Meet Your Dæmon” in the front page or “Menu” and then “Dæmon”) [Update (03/23/2009): The site no long provides this feature 😦 ].

My dæmon is Pereus the fox

PS: A fantasy movie of a girl as the main character reminds me of “Pan’s Labyrinth”, a dark fantasy for grown-ups.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2008 2:00 pm

    Philip Pullman wanted Nicole Kidman to play the part of Mrs. Coulter. In an interview with Kidman, she stated that she initially declined the part. Kidman said that she received a personal letter from Pullman detailing Mrs. Coulter’s rich story arc through the series and even admitting that he had fallen in love with his own character and that he had visualized Mrs. Coulter as being represented by Kidman. Kidman stated that it was because of this letter that she took up the role.

  2. June 25, 2008 9:21 pm

    About the Nicole Kidman being blonde, because, first of all, alot of movie producers change things up a bit, trying to make the movie the best the can not always following the book, even though that is particularily crutial to make the characters how they seem in the book.

    Another reason, I don’t know how they chose Nicole Kidman -probably by acting skills and looks- but since she is already beautiful, putting black hair on her wouldn’t look too good.

  3. March 23, 2009 7:07 am

    this is not working for me! i went to the actually website and i looked where everyone told me to but i can never find the meet your daemon!!!!

    • March 23, 2009 7:53 am

      Nor could I for now. Apparently they have changed the official web site after the DVD release (or earlier). Too bad that you cannot meet your daemon. 😉

  4. Ayla permalink
    March 25, 2009 9:09 pm

    I cant find the meet your daemon on there anywhere, which makes me sad because I did it a while ago and it was fun.

    • March 26, 2009 7:59 am

      Maybe they would put it back when the 2nd part of this series is ready for theatrical release.

  5. abigail permalink
    April 29, 2011 5:31 pm

    my daemon the last time i did it was a male wolf daemon named denegra. it is my favorite animal:D

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