"The Casual Vacancy" is coming to BBC. J.K. Rowling's latest novel will become a series with the author collaborating "closely" on the project, according to BBC.
"I’m thrilled that the BBC has commissioned 'The Casual Vacancy,'" Rowling said in a statement. "I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television and I think the BBC is the perfect home."
"The Casual Vacancy," Rowling's latest novel, tells the story of the community of Pagford, divided and at war with one another.
"It is thrilling to be bringing the work of J.K. Rowling to BBC One audiences," Danny Cohen, BBC One controller, said in a statement. "J.K. Rowling's story-telling is of course peerless in its popularity, and I am looking forward to collaborating with her. This project highlights the ambition and scale of BBC One Drama, as well as the ability of modern television to attract the world's biggest talent and most exciting creative ideas."
No episode order was announced. The BBC said the number and length of episodes would be hammered out as the adaptation gets underway.
Over on HuffPost Books, the editors assembled some casting choices if the book were to get the movie treatment. Check out the suggestions below.
<strong>Paul Giamatti</strong> could play the beloved, kind-hearted, elusive Barry, who serves as an unknowing catalyst for a small town's disaster.
<strong>Shailene Woodley</strong> was excellent as the troubled daughter in "The Descendants," so she could be perfect for Krystal Weedon, a complex character who represents the tragedies and optimism of The Fields.
<strong>Melissa Leo</strong>'s amazing performance in "The Fighter" showed that she's the perfect actress to play the tragically drug-addicted Terri.
<strong>John Goodman</strong> could play the almost comically maniacal deli owner and city council chairperson.
<strong>Aaron Eckhart</strong> could play Howard's son, the prim owner of a law firm.
<strong>Nicole Kidman</strong> could play Samantha, a disgruntled bra shop salesgirl who is bored by her priggish husband.
<strong>Thomas Haden Church</strong>, who stars in "Sideways," plays a villain in "Spiderman 3," and plays a friendly teacher in "Easy A," could play the secretly OCD vice principle, Colin.
The loopy, loving "Desperate Housewives" star <strong>Teri Hatcher</strong> could play the high school guidance counselor, Tessa.
Stuart "Fats" Wall
One of the more complex characters, "Fats" is a bullying Nietzsche-lover who redeems his mistakes in a bold way. <strong>Paul Dano</strong>'s roles in "Little Miss Sunshine" and "There Will Be Blood" prove he could handle the part.
<strong>Josh Hutcherson</strong> (Peeta from "The Hunger Games") could play the often meek and romantic Andrew, who befriends "Fats," loathes his father and is hopelessly in love with Gaia.
Andrew's corrupt father who bullies his kids could be played by Jason Bateman, who showed his darker side in "Juno."
<strong>Noomi Rapace</strong>, the star of "Prometheus" and the Swedish version of "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" could play the case worker who is perceived as an outsider for her idealistic views.
<strong>Vanessa Hudgens</strong> could play Kay's daughter, and the object of Andrew Price's lust.
Hugely famous Bollywood actress <strong>Kajol</strong> could play the town's scrupulous doctor, Parminder.
Disney star <strong>Nicole Gale Anderson</strong> could play Parminder's bullied teen daughter.
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