The BBC has announced that it’ll make a major TV adaptation of Robert Galbraith’s (aka JK Rowling’s) crime novels, starring Tom Burke as protagonist Cormoran Strike.
The ambitious drama will adapt all three novels in the series: The Cuckoo's Calling (three episodes), The Silkworm (two episodes), and Career of Evil (two episodes).
Tom Burke, already known around the Beeb for his roles as Athos in The Musketeers and Fedya Dolokhov in War and Peace, will play Cormoran Strike - the novels' resident war-veteran-turned-private-detective.
Strike, who Tom Burke described as "complex" and "larger than life", has given up a life in the army and the SIB to open a private detective agency. In The Cuckoo's Calling, he's called upon to look into the alleged suicide of a supermodel - and as he investigates, more and more mysteries are revealed.
"I'm overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike," Burke said. "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."
Robert Galbraith herself is pleased with the casting. Rowling said: "I'm thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who'll bring the character to perfect life. Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write and I can't wait to see Tom play him."
Shooting for the series will begin in London this autumn, so it may well air some time next year.