JK Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy to film in Gloucestershire next week

Stroud will see Harry Potter actor Michael John Gambon and a BBC/HBO crew descend on Archway School, where shooting for the new drama will take place from Monday

The first novel JK Rowling wrote after the Harry Potter series, The Casual Vacancy, follows a local council in the fictional town of Pagford. Stroud in Gloucestershire will double for the little English village, with cobbled market square and ancient abbey, in the story.


The tale begins with the death of the Parish Councillor Barry Fairbrother. A number of candidates run to fill his position, then find their secrets exposed online. A dark past including drugs, prostitution and rape comes back to haunt those involved.

In its first week of release, Rowling’s adult tome became the 15th best-selling book of 2012.

It’s expected that 200 locals will be extras in the mini-series, as well as actors Michael Gambon (Sleepy Hollow, Gosford Park), Keeley Hawes (The Avengers, The Bank Job), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Monica Dolan (Sightseers, Alan Partridge) and Julia McKenzie (Notes on a Scandal).

JK Rowling’s new Warner Bros movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe, will also soon be filmed in the UK. The production will be shot in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, and the movie will be released in November 2016.

Directed by Jonny Campbell (In the Flesh), The Casual Vacancy will be released in late 2014.


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