“The Casual Vacancy,” J.K. Rowling’s first adult novel after her phenomenal work on the “Harry Potter” book series, has landed its own TV adaptation and its official cast members. It premieres in 2014 on BBC One and HBO. The cast members include Rory Kinnear (“Penny Dreadful”), Michael Gambon (“Harry Potter” film series), Julia McKenzie (“Agatha Christie’s Marple”), Keeley Hawes (“Line of Duty”), Simon McBurney, Richard Glover and Marie Critchley. Read on to find out more about the latest updates on “The Casual Vacancy,” including a short synopsis and new cast members.
“The Casual Vacancy” is a three-hour miniseries, which premieres in 2014 on both BBC One and HBO. It is directed by Jonny Campbell (“In the Flesh”) and written by Sarah Phelps (“EastEnders”).
The best-selling adult novel was first published in 2012. According to BCC, the network had commissioned for its TV adaptation in December of the same year. The adaptation was made after the novel’s successful earnings in its first few weeks.
BBC One controller Danny Cohen and Rowling had shared their enthusiasm on adapting “The Casual Vacancy” for television. Cohen expressed his excitement to work with her.
“I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home,” said Rowling in the BBC article.
Moreover, The Hollywood Reporter (THR) posted that Rowling had joined on board as an executive producer alongside her longtime literary agent Neil Blair, Paul Trijbits (“Saving Mr. Banks”) and Rick Senat. It is also produced by Ruth Kenley-Letts (“The Hour”).
According to Deadline, “The Casual Vacancy” is set on the fictional town of Pagford, in the suburbs of the West Country. The town hides behind its perfect facade on the outside. Despite the efforts of several townspeople, the town’s darkest secrets cannot stay hidden forever. Their almost perfect lives in Pagford will become endangered after the death of an important and beloved leader that held it all together. A vacant position was left behind after Parish councilor Barry Fairbrother (Rory Kinnear) has mysteriously died of aneurysm.
His death has brought the establishment of several factions for the upcoming election. Families are included in the battle for “power.” Deli owner Howard Mollison (Michael Gabon) has set his eyes on putting his son, Miles (Rufus Jones), to the council. Howard and his wife, Shirley (Julia McKenzie), are among those who hated Barry for being in the position. On the other hand, Miles has his own problems with Samantha (Kelley Hawes) and his children.
Mollisons’ former alliance, the Prices, has finally thought of using the perfect time to separate from them and continue with their own personal agendas. Ruth’s (Marie Critchley) abusive husband, Simon Price (Richard Glover), wanted to run for Barry’s position for his own financial gain.
On the other hand, there are still people who had been faithful for the deceased councilor, including the Weedons and the Walls.
It is said that Barry previously helped Terri (Keeley Forsyth) and her daughter, Krystal (Abigail Lawrie) from getting out of Terri’s complicated relationship with drugs and dealers. Krystal’s remaining siblings have been taken cared by a social worker named Kay Bawden (Michelle Austin). Moreover, school headmaster Colin Wall (Simon McBurney) wanted to keep Barry’s memory alive by running for the councilor position.
BBC also confirmed that the miniseries are still looking for the actors who might play several key characters including the “roles of the Jawandas, Mary Fairbrother, Maureen Lowe, Lexie and Libby Mollison, and Andrew and Paul Price.”
There is still no official premiere date or teaser trailer released for its upcoming 2014 airing. However, it was confirmed that it will be shown in a three-part one-hour miniseries. Don’t forget to check out this fan-made teaser trailer uploaded on Youtube by Igor Moretto.
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