Watch: The First Trailer for J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy'

"The Casual Vacancy" book cover. (Photo: LIttle, Brown and Company)
"The Casual Vacancy" book cover. (Photo: LIttle, Brown and Company)
The BBC has released the first trailer for its upcoming adaptation of J.K. Rowling'sThe Casual Vacancy, the Harry Potter author's first attempt at a novel for adults following the conclusion of her blockbuster teen wizard series. The drama stars a bevy of recognizable British faces, including Potter film franchise alum Michael Gambon alongside Line of Duty’s Keeley HawesThe Hollow Crown’s Rory Kinnear, Appropriate Adult’s Monica Dolan, Miss Marple’s Julia McKenzie and more. 

The story 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 - and secrets are revealed. 

"Everyone's got skeletons rattling in their cupboards," intones the clip's voiceover. 

Watch the trailer for yourselves below: 

To be fair: I wasn't much of a fan of this novel, though I dearly and deeply loved the entire Potter series and think Rowling is a terribly talented writer. That said, I think this is actually a story that might actually work better in a visual medium, as a version that's adapted for the screen is naturally going to have to cut or rework some of the more tedious bits in the novel. So, fingers crossed. Plus, with a cast like this, how can I not at least give it a try?

No word yet on when (or where) we might see The Casual Vacancy screen here in America, but given the heft of J,K. Rowling's involvement, it seems unlikely that it won't see the light of day here at some point. We'll keep you posted.

Thoughts on this adaptation? Are any of you fans of the book? Curious to see if anyone else is looking forward to this.  


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 Twitter at @LacyMB