Dakota Blue Richards Photo
Posted on by Ian

The first official picture of Dakota Blue Richards, who plays Lyra in The Golden Compass, has today been released by the New Line. She is seen in the photo with her on screen mother Mrs Coulter (Nicole Kidman). Feel free to discuss this more in the [link=http://www.bridgetothestars.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=203504]relevant thread[/link] on the message boards.

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132 Responses to Dakota Blue Richards Photo

  1. Calypso says:

    I dont know…personally I need a fuller, more direct picture before I can make a call. BTW this picture was in an article in TIME magazine, it was horrible. The title of the article was something like: Harry Potter Barbie Style. Goddamm journalists obviously haven't read any of Pullman's masterpieces. :angry:

  2. KittyKat: says:

    She looks -almost- as if she's smiling. But who wouldn't if they got the part of Lyra? Lucky…..

  3. FB says:

    I think DBR and NK are a good match for each other, they look akin in this pic. I hope that similarity carries thorugh the film and in their behaviour.

    -FB

  4. From Norroway says:

    If this picture is from Mrs Coulter's party, Lyra was taken to the hairdresser to have her hair softened and curled, remember?? Hence the dollish look…

  5. Mad Larkin 619 says:

    I think I know who has been name using again Bill the Kid please come out with your hands up.

  6. Bill the Kid says:

    Ya caught me again ya FUCK HEAD :laughing: Your getting good at this :wassat:

  7. virgile says:

    I had initally thoght that Monica Bellucci would have made a perfect dark haired Mrs Coulter, but hey, as long as we keep things blonde, this might just work.

    looks as the first meeting between Lyra and Mrs Coulter, when Lyra was initially so seduced by Mrs Coulter's charm. In the backgtound it might well be the Jordan College Master.

  8. Alewyn says:

    "Harry Potter Barbie Style."
    yeah, and the NYTimes Book Review of the sixth harry potter book was "Her Dark Materials"
    and the paragraph about Tom Stoppard being cut from the movie in the NYTimes said "Pullman's Tolkienesque- or is is Rowlingesque?"

    So YEAH. Would just like to point out the TGC/NL came out a year before harry potter. :crying:

  9. maria says:

    perfect!

  10. mysterygal says:

    Hey!!!

    Two people are using my name! Stop it! I had it first, go get soem other name :angry:

  11. Nicola says:

    Just no.
    God no, why?
    Why is she blonde?
    I know it cant be exactly like the books, but from these pictures I dont get a good feeling.
    Oh, what have they done?
    ANd I have no words for Lyra.

  12. no name says:

    why is she blonde? Well not least becos Philp Pullman describes her that way im guessing…
    :laughing:

    i think shes great. shes not "my lyra", obviousli but im pleased. and anyway, surely the character she potrays is vastly more important than her appearance?

    i just worry that some people who are worked up over the looks of one actor may be quite dissapointed with the film. I don't intend to accuse anyone of being precious but surely we all realise the film will never live up to the books and should probably be taken with a pinch of Hollywood salt? Having said that I really do hope its good! Nicole Kidman is fantastic.

  13. starcatcher says:

    she doesnt look at all like i though lyra would although she looks OK.what is with her nose btw?! For some reason she looks really evil in that pic!!! lol
    Nicold Kidman is the perfect match for Mrs. Coulter! i hope she gets the accent right though!

  14. boom says:

    i think she was a blonde in the book

  15. Pants girl says:

    OH MY GOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!!!!
    dONT U PEOPLE TAKE IN EVERY SINGLE SHEER GENIUS WORD THAT PHILLIP PULLMAN SPILLS ON TO THE HIS PAGES??? I HAVE READ SO MANY BOOKS IN MY 13 YEARS AND NEVER HAVE I READ SUCH A SPIRIT CHANGING, BREATH TAKING, BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL BOOK. IN MY OPINION IT EASILY SHADOWS THE LIKES OF LORD OF THE RINGS AND DEFINITELY HARRY POTTER AND ANYONE CRAZY ENOUGH TO TRULY COMPARE HARRY POTTER TO HDM SHOULD BE EXILED FROM READING. MAY I JUST SAY HOW MUCH OF A WORSHIPPER OF PHILLIP I AM AND THE AMBER SPYGLASS WAS THE REAL PINACLE OF THE TRILOGY. FYI LYRA DID HAVE CURLY BLOND HAIR(NOT AS WELL GROOMED AS IN THE PICTURE BUT THE SCENE WAS JUST BEFORE MRS COULTERS PARTY AND SHE HAD HAD IT DONE SPECIALLY IF U RECALL)DAKOTA BLUE RICHARDS IS THE PERFECT FORM OF LYRA IN EVERYWAY I CAN TELL JUST FROM THAT ONE PICTURE AND WE CAN EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM HER. NICOLE SHOULD NOT HAVE BLOND HAIR EVEN THOUGH I AM ALSO A HUGE FAN OF HER WORK. OVERALL EVERYONE WHO THINKS OTHERWISE TO MY COMMENTS SHOULD SERIOUSLY RETHINK RE READING THE BOOKS AS I AM PROBABLY THE BIGGEST HDM FAN U CAN GET AND THE COMMENTS ABOUT DAKOTAS CHIN?????????? GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Some1... says:

    3 words: She looks HOT
    :laughing:

  17. RachelJ says:

    Calm down pants girl . . .

  18. Depth of Character says:

    I'm very pleased to see that this savvy group of posters fully understands that compelling characters in film and literature are defined solely by hair color. I mean, oh-muh-gawd, it is obvious from that single photograph that Dakota is a horrid actress and criminally mis-cast because her hair is too curly! Anyone who has read Pullman's works must understand that the blondeness/wavyness (NOT CURLYNESS) of Lyra's hair is CRUCIAL to her function as the protagonist. At the risk of spoiling the plot for those who may have not read it, I must point out that if Lyra's hair were too straight or too tightly curled the whole storyline would have fallen apart immediately. That was Pullman's central theme in this trilogy: A person's soul is defined entirely by their hair…that and their enormous chins.

    All of you, congratulations on your astute critical analyses of fine literature!

  19. crazy_stunt_girl says:

    Cheers to you, Depth of Character! Thanks for putting that so beautifully; I couldn't agree more! :smile:

  20. dasha says:

    dakota looks so much like a littel girl…. :wassat: i kinda cant really picture her getting into a romantic relationship w/ will in the end if shes going to look like a child. i dont know i guess she'll deff grow by the time they film the 3rd one. i dont know about her yet though…more pictures!!!! OH and nicole kidman is PERFECT for this.

  21. kavi says:

    mabye because lyra had to dress up and make her hair look nice right before she met mrs coulter might have somthing to do with it

  22. Olivia Mackenzie says:

    I know Dakota she was in my old drama club. I left a while back and was amazed when i heard that she got the part (a tad envious of her working with Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman!)

  23. rosiposidancer says:

    olivia makenzi, u r a lier!!!! she did not go to drama club!!!!!!! thats why they picked her for the part!!!!!!!!

  24. nanouska says:

    hey…
    oh, Dakota's taken my dream away, u don't know HOW badly I wanted the part As Lyra, I know her character inside out.. :crying:
    I was soooo anoyed (that's putting it lightly)to hear someone had already been chosen, that I just refused to talk to anyone for a day… and the most ANOYING thing is that she actually looks like a GOOD Lyra, kind of how I imagined her…if she was terrible I wouldn't have minded coz at least I could tease her and brag how much better I would have been… :sad: :crying:
    Still, if Philip Pullman is happy with Dakota, that's really what matters, rite??? I mean, after all, he was the one who invented her in the first place…
    Well, if she doesn't want to continue after the first film (hint hint), there's alway me as a back up 😉

  25. RaaRItsEmmY says:

    I think it is absolutely RIDICULOUS! to have a blond, very blond, Mrs. Coulter ! In the book Pullman described her as being DARK HAIRED! The people that film the movie obviously have not read the book.Raaaaaar! :angry: :angry: :angry:

  26. RaaRItsEmmY says:

    Dakota Blue Richards is the perfect Lyra! She gives me that kind of feeling (just by looking at her) that she is going to be the curious, outgoing Lyra that we have all known!

  27. Randomness says:

    is it damon or demon in book2 will calls it demon once :wassat:

  28. merCUry says:

    I just agree with pants girl,I JUST LOVE THİS BOOKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!I have read all series of Harry Potter and The Lord Of The Rings and I think I 've never read a book like this!!!!!!!!!I love you Pullman for writing this book!!!!!!!!!!I don't care Dakota's hair but I think Kidman is not very good choice :tongue:

  29. Raptor 1001 says:

    i dont know isnt mrs Coulter supposed to have dark hair?

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  32. Demi says:

    I auditioned but came 3rd… shes prettier anyway!
    E-mail me Dakota! Rock on gurl!

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