12:45 pm EDT, April 23, 2014

‘Casual Vacancy’ mini-series to be 3 episodes, film this summer

HBO confirmed this morning that they will co-produce the television adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy.

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Though we had shared this tidbit of information with our readers earlier this month, the pay cable channel made the news official today.

In addition, today we’re learning that the mini-series will have three episodes and will begin shooting in South West England this summer.

The show will also be produced by Bronte Film and Television, the production company run by Rowling and her business partner Neil Blair.

The Casual Vacancy mini-series is written by Sarah Phelps (who penned the British shows Eastenders, Great Expectations, and The Crimson Field) and directed by Jonny Campbell (In The Flesh).

Cast members haven’t been named yet, but earlier in April we shared news about open casting calls (now closed), which suggested that the casting process was still well under way.

Plans for a miniseries based on Rowling’s first post-Potter book were announced by the BBC in 2012 shortly after the novel was published.

“I always felt that, if it were to be adapted, this novel was best suited to television,” Rowling said in a statement in December 2012. “I think the BBC is the perfect home.”

With HBO producing, it’s likely that the series will air here in the United States on the channel around the time that it does on the BBC.

An air date for the mini-series hasn’t been announced yet.

Rowling’s other post-Potter project, the Cormoran Strike book series, has reportedly been in the eye of movie studios.

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