Watch the First Trailer for J.K. Rowling’s ‘Cormoran Strike’ Adaptation

Posted on August 22, 2017 by

Fans of J.K. Rowling’s Cormoran Strike mysteries have a reason to smile this week: BBC One has finally released the Cormoran Strike trailer! Rowling’s latest book-to-screen adaptation is called Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling, and will be a seven-episode series based on the first book in her critically acclaimed detective series. Check out the suspenseful trailer below:

Set in London, the miniseries follows Tom Burke (War and Peace and The Musketeers) as veteran-turned-detective Cormoran Strike. His background as an investigator for the Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch gives the former soldier an edge in his new civilian career. Holliday Grainger (Cinderella and Anna Karenina) plays his intrepid assistant, Robin Ellacott. Together, they investigate the suspicious death of troubled model Lula Landry at the request of her brother, who believes her death was murder rather than suicide. Their investigation leads Strike and Robin into a web of conspiracy and danger.

The 2013 release of The Cuckoo’s Calling novel marked Rowling’s pseudonymous debut as Robert Galbraith, but it wasn’t long before her identity was revealed and the detective novel shot to the top of bestseller lists.

Written by Ben Richards and directed by Michael Keillor, Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling will set the tone for future adaptations of Rowling’s other Strike novels, The Silkworm (2014) and Career of Evil (2015). A fourth Cormoran Strike novel titled Lethal White is in the works, but no release date has been set yet.

Rowling is no novice at having her work adapted for the screen. The eight Harry Potter film adaptations have grossed over $7.7 billion worldwide and The Casual Vacancy, a three-episode miniseries based on the 2012 novel of the same title, aired on BBC One in 2015.

Strike – The Cuckoo’s Calling premieres on BBC One on August 27. HBO is handling distribution in the United States and Canada, but a release date hasn’t been announced yet.

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