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Compass Points Richards

Published June 29, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders.
The Golden Compass The Golden Compass
The studios have recently decided that you can never have too many adaptations. Though this used to strictly apply to comic books and graphic novels, it now seems that any book, even non-fiction, has a chance of being 'acquired.'

One such genre that is having tons of lucky is fantasy. The Inheritance Trilogy is getting prepped by 20th Century Fox with Eragon and the studio has recently picked up Uglies.

New Line, who blew the whole fantasy door wide open by taking a risk with Lord of the Rings, is ready to have another go with author Philip Pullman.

Dakota Blue Richards for The Golden Compass

According to Variety, New Line Cinema has picked up 12-year-old newcomer Dakota Blue Richards to star in The Golden Compass, the first book from Pullman's His Dark Materials fantasy trilogy.

Richards was chosen for the Lyra Belacqua part from among more than 10,000 girls during the U.K. casting search.

Directed by Chris Weitz, The Golden Compass centers on a girl's travels to save her best friend and her encounters with armored bears, witches and other fantastical creatures

Weitz, who originally penned the script, left the film's production back in 2004 due to technical challenges. Soon after he was replaced, the new director, Anand Tucker, stepped down due to creative differences. Weitz immediately stepped back into the director's chair as the project began to take shape.

New Line plans to have production started on The Golden Compass this September in the UK.

Stay tuned for updates.

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