by Emily Engle
J.K. Rowling, best known as the author of the wildly-popular fantasy series Harry Potter, wrote in 2012 a new novel, The Casual Vacancy. Now, it’s being adapted by HBO into a mini-series set to premiere in the U.S. on April 29.
The three-hour adaptation is being produced by Rowling herself, will star The King’s Speech‘s Michael Gambon, and will premiere in two parts on April 29 and 30. Viewers in the United Kingdom viewed the series already in its earlier February 15 release.
According to the AV Club, The Casual Vacancy tells a tale of “bitter infighting, class warfare, and vicious rumors during an election in a small English town.” And the series itself has so far received mixed reviews with some passionate about its excellence and others fervent about its ineptitudes. The majority agree though that just as it always is with cinema adaptations, the movie is nothing compared to the books. The UK’s The Independent wrote of the series, “While the cast were superb and the cinematography luscious, the show floundered without ever really working out what it was and you couldn’t help but feel that Rowling’s novel had been rather shoehorned into the three hours.”