"X-Men" star James McAvoy just signed onto the upcoming BBC "His Dark Materials" miniseries as Lord Asriel, the adventurer who was played by Daniel Craig in the 2007 film The Golden Compass."

Which means he'll be playing dad to "Logan" star Dafne Keen, who was Wolverine (Hugh Jackman's) daughter/clone in the 2017 film. (The "X-Men" crossover fic writes itself!)

Also joining the project: Clarke Peters of "The Wire," "Treme" and "Person of Interest." He'll play the man who raises Lyra (Keen), since her dad is stuck in a parallel universe.

They join already announced star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who'll play balloonist Lee Scoresby.

Tom Hooper ("The King's Speech") is directing the eight-part series, which does not yet have a U.S. distributor. (Apple and Netflix are currently in negotiations, according to Deadline.)

The miniseries (like "The Golden Compass") is based on Philip Pullman's fantasy epic "His Dark Materials."

And, ICYMI, McAvoy will also star as the grown-up Bill in the eagerly anticipated sequel to "It."

[Via Deadline]

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