The BBC has released a trailer for its adaptation of The Casual Vacancy, the first non-wizarding novel from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, and you can check it out below after the official synopsis…
The Casual Vacancy centres on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade however, is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it first seems.
At the Parish Council meeting the subject of Sweetlove House and its legacy arises. Howard Mollison, the Chairman, heads up the faction who want to see an end to the legacy; the thorn in his side is Barry Fairbrother, who makes an impassioned speech outlining the importance of the legacy, and the services it provides. For now, Barry has won the argument.
When Barry dies suddenly, Pagford is left in shock, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the village has yet seen. Three candidates are soon lined up: Miles Mollison, Howard’s son; Colin Wall, Barry’s friend; and Simon Price, Barry’s half-brother.
The Casual Vacancy stars stars Michael Gambon (plays Howard Mollison), Julia McKenzie (plays Shirley Mollison), Keeley Hawes (plays Samantha Mollison), Rufus Jones (plays Miles Mollison), Rory Kinnear (plays Barry Fairbrother), Emily Bevan (plays Mary Fairbrother), Simon McBurney (plays Colin Wall), Monica Dolan (plays Tess Wall), Lolita Chakrabarti (plays Parminder Jawanda), Silas Carson (plays Vikram Jawanda), Richard Glover (plays Simon Price), Marie Critchley (plays Ruth Price), Abigail Lawrie (plays Krystal Weedon), Keeley Forsyth (plays Terri Weedon), Michele Austin (plays Kaye Bawden), Sam Redford (plays Obbo), Hettie Baynes Russell (plays Mo), Emilia Fox (plays Julia Sweetlove), Julian Wadham (plays Aubrey Sweetlove), Joe Hurst (plays Andrew ‘Arf’ Price), Ria Choony (plays Sukhvinder Jawanda), Brian Vernel (plays Stuart ‘Fats’ Wall), Simona Brown (plays Gaia Bawden).