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J. K. Rowling Crime Series Comes To Life In First Trailer For Strike

Mega-successful British author J. K. Rowling, she of enduring Harry Potter fame, has a new series coming to the BBC and HBO based on her series of crime thriller novels, and you can catch the first trailer for the show right here.

The show, Strike, is based off of the three crime fiction books that Rowling has written under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. The books follow Cormoran Strike, a one-legged ex-military private investigator, as he solves crimes alongside his assistant Robin Ellacott. 

All three titles in Rowling's book series—The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, and Career of Evil—will be adapted in the series, which will only run for seven episodes in total. The first three will focus on the first novel in the series, with two episodes devoted to adapting each entry after that. The first episodes of the show will follow Strike as he investigates the mysterious death of a supermodel named Lula Landry.

Tom Burke will play the lead role as Cormoran Strike, and Holliday Grainger will assume the mantle of his sidekick, Robin. Rowling is overseeing the series as executive producer.

Strike premieres in the United Kingdom on BBC One on August 27. While an American broadcast has been confirmed for HBO, no date for the show has yet been announced. And if you grew up on Rowling's writing, be sure to check out our feature on all the weird things about Harry Potter you only notice as an adult.