After Nicole Kidman, here comes another big name to bring more highlight to "The Golden Compass." The New Line Cinema's project has added Eva Green in the cast list to portray Serafina Pekula, the witch who guides the main character, Lyra Belacqua, as she travels into a parallel universe.
Though the project is the first installment of a trilogy based on Phillip Pullman's work of "His Dark Materials" series, Green has been reported to only sign a deal for one film. However, there could still be an option for two more if the company fixes on the plan to complete the trilogy.
Helmed by "About a Boy" director Chris Weitz, "The Golden Compass" is slated to begin filming process on September 4 at London's Shepperton Studios to meet a November 16, 2007 release. Weitz also pens the scripts with Tom Stoppard while Deborah Forte and Bill Carraro are set to produce.