The Musketeers actor Tom Burke will lead the cast of the BBC’s new drama based on JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike.
The series will be based on the books The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm and Career of Evil, written by Rowling under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith.
Burke will play Cormoran Strike, a war veteran-turned-private detective operating out of a tiny office in Central London. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s insight and background as a military police detective prove crucial in solving three complex cases that have confounded 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,” Burke said in a statement.
“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,” Rowling said. “Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write, and I can’t wait to see Tom play him.”
Filming will begin this Autumn.