The Jakarta Post
A still from 'Strike.' (BBC/File)
JK Rowling’s work is set to return to the screen: this time, the television screen - and this time, crime instead of wizardry.
In just a few week’s time, Strike, a television series based on Rowling’s hit Cormoran Strike crime thriller novels, will premier on BBC.
The Musketeers’ Tom Burke stars as the titular character, Cormoran Strike. Having been scarred both physically and psychologically in the war, he becomes a private detective upon his return; his unique insight and his background as a Special Investigation Branch Investigator allowing him to solve complex and dangerous cases which have eluded the police.
Published under Rowling’s pseudonym, Robert Galbraith, the series comprised of three books: The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil. The first story revolves around the supposed suicide of supermodel Lula Landry, a case that quickly unravels into a deeper conspiracy that puts Strike’s own life at risk.
Alongside Tom Burke is Holliday Grainger as Strike’s partner, Robin Ellacott. Elarica Gallacher plays Lula Landry, and Leo Bill plays her brother, John Bristow. This would actually be Gallacher’s second time working in a JK Rowling project, her first being a small appearance on Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince as a waitress at Surbiton Station.
According to Digital Spy, Strike the TV series will be an adaptation of the three novels as three “event dramas”, starting with Strike: The Cuckoo’s Calling on Aug. 27. (tha/kes)