Sir Michael Gambon has been cast to star in the BBC miniseries adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s adult fiction effort, The Casual Vacancy.
The British acting legend took over as Albus Dumbledore after predecessor Richard Harris’ death in 2002. He continued to portray the beloved wizard up until the last Harry Potter film debuted in 2011.
Harris will play Howard Mollison, a deli-owner in a quaint English town called Pagford. Rowling’s novel centers around Pagford and the events that follow the unexpected death of a Parish Councillor, Barry Fairbrother.
The Casual Vacancy has sold over 6 million copies globally.
Other notable casts in the BBC show include Keeley Hawes, Rufus Jones, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Abigail Lawrie.
The miniseries will be filmed in three parts. Production begins in early July in south west England.
The Casual Vacancy hit shelves in 2012 to mixed reviews. Rowling’s next adult fiction novel, crime thriller The Silkworm, will be published on June 19th.