James McAvoy refers to Dafne Keen’s Lyra in His Dark Materials: Season 3 as “Spartacus”: 5 things to know
Finally available is Season 3 of His Dark Materials. The fantasy mystery drama series, which also stars Dafne Keen, Amir Wilson, Ruth Wilson, and James McAvoy, is based on the trilogy of Philip Pullman novels. The most recent season immediately picks up where the previous one left off. The celebrity cast and His Dark Materials’ creators recently attended the New York Comic Con, where they were spotted fervently discussing the adored characters. They also revealed some details about what the fans might anticipate from the upcoming season.
According to Comingsoon.net, James McAvoy stated that this season, his character journey is mostly focused on “unpacking” certain emotional difficulties in response to a query regarding the Season 3 portrayal of his character Lord Asriel. He continues by saying that Lord Asriel will realise that it was really about his daughter Lyra and not about him in the first place (Dafne Keen). What it does to a father who has neglected his parental duties for his daughter throughout her whole existence because he believes that he is Spartacus—in reality, his daughter is Spartacus—and what that does to his ego, continued McAvoy.
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Speaking about Lyra, Dafne Keen Fernández portrays the young show’s lead character. Dafne was born on January 4th, 2005, and is a British and Spanish actress. She made her acting debut in 2014 with the television series The Refugees, in which she co-starred with her father Will Keen as Ana “Ani” Cruz Oliver. She later went on to star in the 2017 film Logan as Laura Kinney, also known as X-23, the young clone of Wolverine. She will be included in the television adaptation of Philip Pullman’s trilogy of His Dark Materials starting in 2019.
Here are five fascinating facts about Dafne Keen, the film’s young lead, that you should know before watching His Dark Materials.
In His Dark Materials, Dafne’s mother Maria Fernandez Ache served as her trainer.
Maria Fernandez Ache, Dafne’s mother, is a Spanish performer, author, and director. She appears to have been Dafne’s tutor her entire life. Since Maria served as the show’s acting coach, it was not surprising that she also taught the young performer for her role in the fantasy drama.
Dafne Keen has martial arts training.
Dafne has reportedly been an active youngster her entire life. She has martial arts training. This worked to the young actress’ benefit, especially on the Logan set. She was frequently leaping around on the sets, according to director James Mangold, and when she was given the chance to perform stunts and feats for her on-screen role, she was up for doing them all by herself.
Acting runs in her family
Dafne Keen has always been an actor. She is the child of Spanish performer Maria Fernandez Ache and British actor Will Keen. In the popular series The Crown, Will Keen played the part of Michael Adeane. In Wolf Hall, he played Thomas Cranmer. As for Maria, she appeared alongside Meghan Markle in the British gangster film Anti-Social in 2015.
Keen for Logan was spotted through a casting call
In order to find a 12-year-old girl who is skilled in martial arts, acrobatics, and tumble, James Mangold gave UK casting director Priscilla John the following instructions. John revealed in a Vanity Fair article that she had failed to win the main role despite having 500 auditions spread out throughout England and Ireland. When she made the decision to look in Spain at that time, one of her colleagues recalled Keen. Dafne was invited to New York to screen test with Hugh Jackman after Hugh Jackman had seen her audition tape, and she really shone through.
Dafne Keen wasn’t certain she’d get the Lyra part in His Dark Materials.
Keen has past experience in the film industry and has martial arts training. Despite this, she believed she would not be chosen for the Lyra part. She admitted to having only read half the novel before her audition for the HBO/BBC production in an interview with British Vogue. I am not going to get it anyway, I thought, she said. When she was asked to send in another tape, she was on vacation in Puerto Rico. Her face was swollen and red from a jellyfish bite. Even Keen made light of it, joking that she auditioned “with a jelly face.”
In His Dark Materials, who is Lyra Belaqua?
Let’s get you acquainted with Dafne Keen’s character Lyra in case you haven’t watched or read the fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman yet. One of the primary characters in the show is Lyra Belaqua, who is now known as Lyra Silvertongue. She is a young woman from Oxford, Brytain, who resides in an interconnected multiverse with many other worlds. Everyone in her alternate reality has a demon. A person’s daemon, or soul, travels with them in the guise of a human. Pantalaimon is Lyra’s daemon.