Avid-Lee Anticipating….

As a devotee of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials, I would be making an understatement in saying that I’m eagerly anticipating the upcoming new adaptation of the series: I am VERY VERY eagerly anticipating it!

Having said that, I should add that – unlike many fans of the books – I actually liked the original film. Is it (ahem) heresy to admit that? (In-joke, in-joke.)

For starters, how could one not enjoy costumes such as those worn by Dakota Blue Richards (incidentally, the ideal Lyra, in my view), Nicole Kidman, et al.? The attire was in fact so splendid that film-related merchandise even included costume cards, with swatches of fabric. Sigh…. 🙂

I confess that my hopes are ever-so-slightly lower with regard to the costuming of the new series…. Having seen the trailer, I noticed that the overall garment-tone, if you will, is a tinge more modern, without the lyrical (I pun), whimsical blend of Neo-Victoriana, 1930s Art Deco, and Nordic knitwear which characterized the film’s costumery.

However, I am still awaiting lovely things costume-wise, and one outfit that teased my eye in the trailer is this ensemble:

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Yes, sir, that would be Lee Scoresby and Hester, two of my very favourite characters!

Being sported in this blink-&-you-miss-it snapshot is one mighty fine distressed leather aviator coat, paired with some swell WWII-style jump boots (see my post on Newt’s boots from Fantastic Beasts for something similar, at least based on the wee hint we can glean from here!).

[Disclaimer: unlike the rest of the known universe, I am not a “Hamilton” fan. There, I’ve said it! Make of that what you will. At any rate, the result is that the mere presence of Lin-Manuel Miranda is not sufficient to make me swoon. Au contraire, mes frères, I augur that, jump boots notwithstanding, these are going to be VERY big shoes to fill –>]

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Ah, Sam Elliott… he of the inimitable, rich, deep, quintessentially “Western” voice & demeanour! I mean, I truly don’t think it’s in any way, shape, or form disputable that Sam Elliott basically IS Lee Scoresby (plus LMM is simply way too young for the character!). But I am prepared to be won over, with the costume as a good starting point. (Also, I do like an interpretation which I read in another post, explaining that it would be quite feasible for Lee, being from Texas, to have Hispanic background – so it’s great, as well as timely, to have that demographic achieve some representation here!)

Anyway! All that to say that I definitely approve of Lee’s briefly glimpsed aeronautical get-up, & I’m looking forward to seeing more of it anon….

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