JK Rowling’s 'The Casual Vacancy' adaptation to star Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes
Sunday 08 June 2014
Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes will be leading an all-star cast in the television adaptation of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.
Gambon will be playing Howard Mollison, the owner of the Pagford delicatessen in Rowling's first post-Harry Potter novel - and first novel for adults - hile Hawes will take on the role of his daughter-in-law Samantha Mollison.
This is the second time Michael Gambon will be playing a character created by Rowling, the actor played the head teacher and wizard, Albus Dumbledore, in the Harry Potter films, stepping into the shoes of Richard Harris after the latter's death.
The Casual Vacancy follows the inhabitants of the fictional rural community of Pagford in the West Country following the death of a local councillor. Beneath the idyllic façade though, the residents of this little village are in turmoil, with conflict at every turn.
The joint BBC and HBO mini-series will be split into three hour-long episodes. The BBC confirmed the cast on Friday, which will also feature Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie.
The Casual Vacancy has sold over six million copies since it was published in 2012. Her two other books since then have been detective fiction, The Cuckoo's Callling and the forthcoming The Silkworm, both written using the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Filming on the series will be starting on the 7 July in South West England.
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