“His height, his general hairiness, coupled with a gently expanding belly, suggested a grizzly bear,” wrote JK Rowling of Cormoran Strike. And while Tom Burke may have to strap on a prosthetic belly when he plays the war-damaged detective, otherwise he perfectly fits the bill.
The Musketeers and War and Peace star has been cast as the lead in a series of three BBC “event dramas” based on Rowling’s books, which were written under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
The Cuckoo’s Calling, consisting of three hour-long episodes, will be followed by two-parters The Silkworm and Career Of Evil, with filming due to begin this autumn.
Strike is an Afghanistan war veteran turned private detective operating out of a tiny office in London’s Denmark Street. Despite his physical and psychological wounds, his unique insights and his background as an investigator in the armed forces prove crucial in solving complex cases which have stumped police.
“I’m overjoyed to be immersing myself in the role of Cormoran Strike, who is as complex as he is larger than life,“ said 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.”
“I’m thrilled about the casting of Tom Burke, a massively talented actor who’ll bring the character to perfect life,” said Rowling. “Cormoran Strike is pure joy to write and I can’t wait to see Tom play him.”