The Casual Vacancy miniseries, based on J.K. Rowling’s 2012 novel, is set to begin filming in Gloucestershire, U.K. this coming Monday, July 7.
The Gloucestershire town of Stroud will double as Pagford, the idyllic English town in which the book takes place. The Radio Times writes that 200 locals are expected to be extras in the show, featured alongside veteran actors Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie. Most of the cast was announced last month, but a few key roles remain to be cast including the book’s teenager characters and the Jawanda family, among others.
Pagford is described in the story as a seemingly idyllic town with a cobbled-stone square and an ancient abbey. Judging by information we found on the web, Stroud, with its dramatic landscape and unique culture, seems like the perfect double for Pagford. Coincidentally, it is near the town of Dursley, where the Dursley family in Harry Potter got their name.
We’d say the resemblance between Stroud and Pagford (at least in our imagination) is pretty spot on, wouldn’t you?
The series will be directed by Jonny Campbell and written by Sarah Phelps. It will air in three, one-hour episodes later this year on BBC1 in Britain and HBO in America. HBO has the worldwide distribution rights as well.