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Daniel Craig Follows The Golden Compass

Published August 18, 2006 in Casting Update
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
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The debate on Daniel Craig as Bond has flooded the media. With Casino Royale set to be released in November, Craig still has some time before he has to prove himself as the next 00. For now, however, the actor is picking up some other, major, roles.

Daniel Craig Joins The Golden Compass

According to Variety, New Line has picked up Daniel Craig to star in The Golden Compass, the first installment of an intended trilogy based on the Philip Pullman series His Dark Materials.

Chris Weitz will also write and direct.

Craig will play Lord Asriel, a ruthless and mysterious adventurer who is the uncle of Lyra Belacqua, the young girl who journeys to a parallel universe to save her best friend.

Eva Green must have talked Craig up, having worked with the actor on Casino Royale. Eva will play a witch who helps the young girl navigate a world filled with shape-shifting and otherworldly creatures.

If New Line goes forward with all three installments of Pullman's literary trilogy, Craig's character will be a fixture of each, based on Asriel's role in the Pullman books.

Daniel Craig is the fourth major addition with Nicole Kidman, Eva Green and Dakota Blue Richards already on board for the film's September 4th start date.

Craig will shoot the film and then return for the 22nd installment of the James Bond series, which has already been stamped with a May 2, 2008, release date.

The Golden Compass will be released on December of 2007.

Stay tuned for updates.

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