It’s always interesting to see how channels in different countries market things, and this is no exception: The HBO trailer for the Casual Vacancy miniseries is way more dramatic and “edgier” than the BBC ones were, and focuses on this (fake) ghost storyline that I don’t think the BBC marketing emphasized at all. The miniseries will premiere in the US on April 29th.
The BBC/HBO miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has cast Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan, Julia McKenzie, Abigail Lawrie, Rufus Jones, Keeley Forsyth, Simon McBurney, Richard Glover, Marie Critchley, and Michelle Austin.
Sophie Okonedo has joined The Hollow Crown as Margaret of Anjou.
Toby Sebastian has been cast in the miniseries of The Red Tent.
The Hollow Crown premiered on PBS on Friday night with Richard II, and honestly, it was even better than I’d expected, and I expected it to be good. Ben Whishaw was completely mesmerizing as Richard – he plays insane so very, very well. The cast had a surfeit of talent – Patrick Stewart, David Morrissey, James Purefoy, David Suchet, Rory Kinnear, Clemence Poesy, Tom Hughes, Lindsay Duncan, and more – and they all pulled this off beautifully. Shakespearean language on screen can sometimes seem artificial or stilted, but this absolutely did not; it was natural and full of meaning and emotion.
If you missed it, you can watch the whole episode right here:
The series continues this Friday with Henry IV, Part I.