BBC One has set the cast for Lethal White. Robert Glenister (Curfew), Joseph Quinn (Les Misérables) and Nick Blood (Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.) are set to guest star in the fourth installment of their Strike series, which is based on J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike novel series. They join a returning cast that includes Tom Burke, Holliday Grainger, Natasha O’Keeffe and Kerr Logan.
Based on Rowling’s novels (written under the pen name Robert Galbraith), Strike follows Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street with his assistant Robin. Though he’s wounded both physically and psychologically, Strike’s unique insight and his background as an SIB Investigator prove crucial to solving complex cases which have eluded the police.
In Lethal White, a young man named Billy Knight (Quinn), in the grips of psychosis, arrives in private detective Cormoran Strike’s (Burke) office telling the story of a child he saw strangled many years ago. Strike is simultaneously hired by government minister Jasper Chiswell (Glenister) to investigate Billy’s brother, Jimmy Knight (Nick Blood), who is blackmailing him.
As Strike and his partner Robin (Grainger) work to determine how the cases might be connected, Robin goes undercover in the House of Commons. However, Robin’s private life is unravelling as her relationship with Matthew (Logan) feels the full strain of her commitment to Strike and her work. At the same time, Strike has his own issues, a girlfriend who confesses she loves him and his complicated ex Charlotte (O’Keeffe) who is pregnant and back in the frame.
The adaptation will run four episodes – marking the longest yet for the Strike series – and is being written by Tom Edge, who penned the adaptations for both The Silkworm and Career Of Evil. J.K. Rowling’s indie Brontë Film and TV are producing, with Rowling, Neil Blair, Ruth Kenley-Letts and the BBC’s Tommy Bulfin serving as executive producers. Jackie Larkin is the series producer, while Line Of Duty helmer Sue Tully is attached to direct. HBO continues to co-produce for the US and Canadian market and air the series on their Cinemax network.