J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy could not be further away in theme from Harry Potter, but diehard fans of the famed book series will appreciate the upcoming television adaption’s main star – the actor who plays Dumbledore, Michael Gambon.
The first trailer for J.K. Rowling‘s inaugural foray into TV has arrived, and it offers a glimpse into the small English town of Pagford, where the series is set.
Seemingly idyllic on the surface, “Everyone’s got skeletons rattling in their cupboards,” a voiceover intones.
“Behind the pretty facade,” reads the show’s official description, “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.”
The project was announced back in December 2012, but details surrounding the miniseries were scant until casting was announced last June.
Filmed in Painswick, Gloucestershire, The Casual Vacancy stars Gambon, Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful, Emily Bevan (In the Flesh, Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) and more famous faces from the BBC.
Though she wrote the source material, Rowling did not adapt the screenplay for the miniseries. However, she was “happy and confident to hand over the job of crafting my novel for the small screen,” having spoken with writer Sarah Phelps extensively about the adaptation of her work.
The Casual Vacancy premieres Feb. 15 on BBC One.