J.K. Rowling's pseudonymously published mystery series is getting an adaptation on BBC, and the TV show now has its its star. Cormoran Strike, the war veteran/private detective protagonist of The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil, will be played by Tom Burke in a project named after the character.
The 35-year-old Brit has appeared in the Ryan Gosling–starring Only God Forgives as well as TV versions of The Musketeers, War & Peace and Great Expectations. “I’m thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who’ll bring the character to perfect life,” Rowling said. “Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write, and I can’t wait to see Tom play him.”
Burke is "overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike, who is as complex as he is larger than life,” noting he appreciates the "rich and raw" world of Rowling's novels.
Rowling first published as "Robert Galbraith" in 2013, six years after wrapping the seven-book Harry Potter series. She published the subsequent two Strike novels in 2014 and '15. Each episode of the BBC's Cormoran Strike will take the form of three hourlong episodes, each following one of the novels.
It was recently revealed that Rowling will release three Harry Potter "mini-books" this month. She has published one non-Potter novel under her name, 2012's not-geared-at-children The Casual Vacancy. The BBC also adapted that book for a three-part miniseries.
Listen to Fuse's Back of the Class podcast talk about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the 1:35 mark in the episode below: