Tom Burke to play Cormoran Strike in BBC adaptation of JK Rowling/Robert Galbraith novels

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624Let’s be clear about this – JK Rowling in crime drama mode prefers to be known as Robert Galbraith, so strictly speaking these BBC adaptations are of Galbraith’s work. Kind of. But still. We’ve known that the BBC had optioned the Cormoran Strike series (I still want to write Cormorant every time I see that name), and now we know the actor who will take the lead in the seven forthcoming episodes. As a fan of Galbraith’s work (wait, this is getting confusing), I can’t wait to see this character come to television.

The Strike Series is based on Rowling’s best-selling crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, which initially caused some controversy. The Cuckoo’s Calling (3×60 minutes), The Silkworm (2×60 minutes) and Career Of Evil (2×60 minutes) will be produced as three separate event dramas and are set to begin shooting this autumn in London.

Burke, who most recently starred in BBC’s epic War And Peace as Fedor Dolokhov and in The Musketeers as Athos, will play Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial in solving three complex cases which have eluded the police.

“I’m overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike, who is as complex as he is larger than life,“ says Burke. “I know I’m joining an extraordinary team of people on a series that for me is peppered with moments of real emotional depth and meticulously grounded in the page-turning momentum of these novels. Cormoran’s world is rich and raw.”

“I’m thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who’ll bring the character to perfect life,” says J. K. Rowling. “Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write and I can’t wait to see Tom play him.”

More news as we get it.

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