Tom Burke cast as Cormoran Strike

tom-burke-cast-as-cormoran-strikeThe Musketeers actor Tom Burke will be starring in the television adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike Mysteries.

According to a report on BBC News, British actor Tom Burke (The Hour) will be playing the titular character, Cormoran Strike, a war veteran turned detective and the protagonist of a series of novels first published by an author named Robert Galbraith but who was later revealed to be J.K. Rowling. She has so far written three novels in the series.

Burke starred as Athos in the BBC’s recently concluded series The Musketeers (based on the characters of Alexandre Dumas) and as Fedor Dolokhov in the BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace.

The adaptation of the novels will comprise of seven hour-long episodes that will begin shooting in London in autumn this year. The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, and the recently published Career of Evil will all be adapted and will be screened as separate dramas. As previously reported, Sarah Phelps (who adapted Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy) is set to write for The Cuckoo’s Calling while Ben Richards will be tackling The Silkworm. TV veteran Julian Farino (Baller, Entourage) will be directing the series.

Burke expressed his excitement about the project:

“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.”

Rowling was likewise enthusiastic about Burke’s casting, saying: “I’m thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who’ll bring the character to perfect life. Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write and I can’t wait to see Tom play him.”

The Cormoran Strike Mysteries is due to air soon on BBC.