The Musketeers' Tom Burke to play J.K. Rowling's Cormoran Strike in new BBC series
Tom Burke, star of The Musketeers and War and Peace, has been cast as Cormoran Strike, the detective created by J. K. Rowling.
Burke, who has also starred in Only God Forgives and The Hour, will begin filming the role this autumn in London.
Speaking about the role, Burke said: "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. Cormoran’s world is rich and raw.”
Rowling added: “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.”
Cormoran Strike has been the subject of three novels from Rowling, who writes in this case under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith. Strike is a private investigator and the illegitimate son of a famous rock star who lost part of a leg in a bombing in Afghanistan.
Rowling's novels will be broadcast as three separate event dramas, with her first novel Cuckoo's Calling coming in three parts and its follow-ups The Silkworm and Career Of Evil coming in two parts.