Michael Gambon and Keeley Hawes to Star in TV Adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s ‘The Casual Vacancy’

"The Casual Vacancy" Book Cover
"The Casual Vacancy" Book Cover
An all-star British cast has been announced to take part in the TV adaptation of author J.K. Rowling’s best selling The Casual Vacancy, led by none other than Dumbledore himself. Harry Potter’s Michael Gambon is set to star, alongside such notable and fabulous faces as Line of Duty’s Keeley Hawes, The Hollow Crown’s Rory Kinnear, Appropriate Adult’s Monica Dolan, Miss Marple’s Julia McKenzie and more.

Casual Vacancy was Rowling’s first novel for adults after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series, and focuses on the small English town of Padford, where a special election is being held following the sudden death of a local council member. Drama ensues, as squabbles amongst the townspeople erupt - rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands, teachers vs. pupils.

Gambon is set to play Howard Mollison, owner of the Padford delicatessen, with McKenzie as his wife Shirley. Kinnear is to play Barry Fairbrother, Coronation Street’s Keeley Forsyth is playing Terry Weedon, with newcomer Abigail Lawrie as her daughter Krystal. Howard Mollison’s son Miles will be played by W1A’s Rufus Jones, and his wife Samantha will be played by Hawes.

The three-part BBC miniseries is being produced in partnership with HBO – which means that’s likely where it will air when it comes to America – has no announced airdate as yet, but filming is set to get underway in July.

Plus, a fair amount of other roles are still to be cast (there are a lot of characters in this book), but considering the talent that’s already lined up to appear in this, it seems we can rest easy on that score. Given that there are around 10 more major players that appear in this story in one way or another, the odds also seem pretty good that a few more names we recognize might show up here as well.

Have any of you read The Casual Vacancy? Do you think it’ll make an interesting miniseries? 

Lacy Baugher

Lacy's love of British TV is embarrassingly extensive, but primarily centers around evangelizing all things Doctor Who, and watching as many period dramas as possible.

Digital media type by day, she also has a fairly useless degree in British medieval literature, and dearly loves to talk about dream poetry, liminality, and the medieval religious vision. (Sadly, that opportunity presents itself very infrequently.) York apologist, Ninth Doctor enthusiast, and unabashed Ravenclaw. Say hi on Threads or Blue Sky at @LacyMB. 

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