Strike, the BBC TV drama based on J.K. Rowling’s crime novels, now has a trailer. The series will adapt all three books that Rowling has written under her crime-writing pen name, Robert Galbraith. First up will be three episodes focused on The Cuckoo’s Calling, then two episodes based on The Silkworm, and then the series will conclude with two installments inspired by Career of Evil.
Only God Forgives alum Tom Burke stars as Cormoran Strike, the one-legged war veteran/broke private investigator at the heart of the series. Holliday Grainger, seen recently in Cinderella, will portray Strike’s temporary secretary Robin Ellacott. The series has been picked up by HBO for its American broadcast, but it will debut in the UK on BBC One.
The trailer focuses on the case from The Cuckoo’s Calling, which sees Strike and Robin investigating the death of supermodel Lula Landry (here played by Elarica Johnson). Although the case was considered closed months prior, and Lula’s death was ruled as a suicide, clearly there’s plenty for Strike to unearth here. If this trailer is anything to go by, there’s a murky world of deceit just waiting to be uncovered.
This Strike trailer paints an interesting picture. It’s a unique place to start a story – after the main case has already been closed. But that should open some fun storytelling avenues, with characters thinking they were in the clear being confronted with questioning once again. If Burke can carry off Strike’s gruff demeanor from the novels, this could be a very enjoyable series.
Strike producer Ruth Kenley-Letts recently told The Telegraph that the show will not feature a “voyeuristic level of violence against women”, despite the nature of the central case. The show’s more grisly sequences have apparently been “very sensitively filmed”, which should ensure that Strike avoids courting controversy. The trailer certainly seems to fall in line with this ethos, focusing on the machinations of Strike’s case rather than glorifying the death itself.
Rowling has been involved in the show as an executive producer, with Tom Edge and Ben Richards handling the task of adapting her books into scripts. Michael Keillor, Kieron Hawkes, and Charles Sturridge are the directors of the series. Joining Burke and Grainger in the core cast is Kerr Logan (Matthos Seaworth from Game Of Thrones), who’ll play Robin’s boyfriend Matthew.
Strike debuts on BBC One, for UK viewers, on August 27. HBO’s American premiere date is yet to be announced.
Source: The Telegraph