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J.K. Rowling's 'Casual Vacancy' Will Be an HBO Mini-Series

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 24, 2014 at 11:28AM

Author J.K. Rowling is bringing her bestseller "The Casual Vacancy," her first novel following the "Harry Potter" series, to HBO and the BBC for a three-hour miniseries.
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Author J.K. Rowling is bringing her bestseller "The Casual Vacancy," her first novel following the "Harry Potter" series, to HBO and the BBC for a three-hour miniseries. 

The Casual Vacancy

The book centers on a seemingly quaint and bucolic English village, where in fact a number of simmering tensions are about to reach lid-blowing proportions -- the wealthy vs. the poor, teens vs. their parents, schoolteachers vs their students, and more.

Rick Senat and Sarah Phelps ("EastEnders," BBC's "Great Expectations") are set to pen the adaptation, with Johnny Campbell ("Eric & Ernie") directing. Production will begin this summer, with Rowling exec producing. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.