Tom Burke To Play Cormoran Strike In J.K. Rowling Adaptation

BBC One has announced that it is to adapt three of J.K. Rowling’s crime novels, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, with Tom Burke confirmed in the lead role as Cormoran Strike.

Tom Burke (War And Peace) 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.

The Strike Series will comprise The Cuckoo’s Calling (3 x 60 minutes), The Silkworm (2 x 60 minutes) and Career Of Evil (2 x 60 minutes) and will be produced as three separate event dramas. Ben Richards (Spooks) will write The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm, whilst Tom Edge (Lovesick) will write Career of Evil.

Burke says: “I’m overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike, who is as complex as he is larger than life. 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.”

Lucy Richer, BBC Acting Controller of Drama, says: “Tom Burke is the perfect person to bring to life the lead character of Cormoran Strike from these investigative crime stories which are the work of a master storyteller. Readers have fallen for Strike and I think the television audience will too.”

Filming is scheduled to begin this autumn in London.