Michael Gambon ("The Singing Detective"), Keeley Hawes ("Ashes to Ashes"), Rory Kinnear ("Skyfall"), Monica Dolan ("Sightseers"), Julia McKenzie ("Agatha Christie's Marple") and newcomer Abigail Lawrie have all signed up for BBC One & HBO's three hour miniseries adaptation of "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling's "The Casual Vacancy".
The story centers on a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty facade is a town at war: Rich vs. poor, teens vs. parents, wives vs. husbands and teachers vs. pupils.
Gambon plays delicatessen owner Howard Mollison with McKenzie playing his wife. Rufus Jones plays his son Miles, while Hawes plays Miles' wife. Simon McBurney ("Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy"), Richard Glover ("A Field in England") and Michelle Austin ("Secrets & Lies") also star.
Sarah Phelps penned the script which is scheduled to begin shooting on July 7th in South West England. Six million copies of the book have been sold worldwide since 2012.