Rufus Jones and Richard Glover are amongst the big names attached to the BBC/HBO co-production of JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, to film this summer.
© Rufus Jones
© Richard Glover
The adaptation of Rowling’s first adult novel after her boy wizard Harry Potter conquered the world, tells the story of an idyllic English village called Pagford, which hides social wars behind its quaint façade. Told across three hours, the miniseries will air on BBC One and HBO later this year, with production beginning on 7th July, according to Variety.
Michael Gambon (The Singing Detective, Harry Potter, Doctor Who) will lead the cast as Howard Mollison, with Julia McKenzie (Miss Marple, Shirley Valentine, Notes on a Scandal) as his wife, Shirley, and Keeley Hawes (Ashes to Ashes, Line of Duty) as Samantha Mollinson.
TVO regular Rufus Jones will be appearing as Howard’s son (and Samantha’s husband), Miles, whilst his fellow TVO favourite Richard Glover will be portraying Simon Price.
Also along for the ride are a few names and faces you may recognise from TVO related productions. Bond regular Rory Kinnear (recently seen in Count Arthur Strong), will play Barry Fairbrother, while Monica Dolan (W1A, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Sightseers) will play Tess Wall. Simon McBurney (Utopia, Rev) will play Colin Wall, and Marie Critchley (Sirens, In The Flesh) will play Ruth Price.
With the cast rounded off by Keeley Forsyth, Michelle Austin and Abigail Lawrie, plus more names to be announced, Casual Vacancy has certainly pulled in the talent in front of the camera, as well as behind it – with a screenplay from Sarah Phelps (The Crimson Field), and the producer of The Hour, Ruth Kenley-Letts, and director Jonny Campbell (Doctor Who, Pheonix Nights, Eric & Ernie) also on board.
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