Tom Burke Set As Lead In BBC One’s ‘The Cormoran Strike Mysteries’

Tom Burke - The MusketeersThe BBC has found their Cormoran Strike.

After a lengthy casting process, Tom Burke (The Musketeers, War & Peace) has been cast as the titular character in BBC One’s The Cormoran Strike Mysteries, an adaptation of the Strike novels by JK Rowling (published under the pen name Robert Galbraith).

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

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

In addition to confirming casting, the BBC has now set a formal episode order for The Cormoran Strike Mysteries. Rather than being a traditional returner, it will instead consist of three event dramas which are adaptations of the existing novels The Cuckoo’s CallingThe Silkworm and Career Of EvilThe Cukoo’s Calling is being adapted as a three-part drama, while the other two novels will be two-parters.

The three-event dramas are being produced by JK Rowling’s production company Brontë Film & TV and are set to enter production in London this Autumn. The Casual Vacancy scribe Sarah Phelps, who was originally set to adapt The Cuckoo’s Calling, has exited the project, with Ben Richards now penning both The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm. Tom Edge (The Last Dragon Slayer, Lovesick) is penning the adaptation of Career Of Evil.

Other changes behind the scenes has seen Jackie Larkin board as producer (Dan McCulloch was original set to produce), while Michael Keillor will direct (replacing Julian Farino).  J.K Rowling, her long-time agent Neil Blair (Fantastic Beasts And Where to Find Them, The Casual Vacancy) and Ruth Kenley-Letts (The Casual Vacancy, The Hour) executive produce for Brontë Film & TV. The BBC’s Elizabeth Kilgarriff will also serve as an executive producer.