The Cormoran Strike novels: Who will they cast?


With the recent release of J.K Rowling's third Cormoran Strike novel (written under the pseudonym 'Robert Galbraith') we now have access to the latest instalment due to be adapted for a new BBC one detective series, at some point in the near future. 'The Cormoran Strike Mysteries' will be based on existing novels: The Cuckoo's Calling, The Silkworm, and new release, Career of Evil.




Having read the first book, and started on the second, I reckon the series will be compulsory viewing. After the disappointing Casual Vacancy (I'm sorry J.K, but no-one really wants to read about village council elections) The Cuckoo's Calling restored my faith in Rowling's adult fiction. Great characters, easy to read style, and we already know she can write a good who-dunnit - every Harry Potter has one after all.

The big question then, is who will play our detective and his mystery-solving sidekick/secretary Robin Ellacott. There have been a few names bandied about for both, but I'm still not totally sold on any one pairing. Here's a few stats about our heroes, just to get you thinking.



Cormoran Strike


Age: 35   From:Cornwall
Physical Appearance: 
Large and burly (16 stone, 6''3, ex-military with a "gently-expanding belly") one leg, curly ('pube like' - ew) hair.

Strike is a private detective and ex-military man. Described as comparable to a 'grizzly bear' in appearance, he's a tough guy but also an underdog in a lot of ways. He's a likeable hero and should probably be at least a little bit attractive, in an un-conventional sort of way.




The fan favourites for Strike, so far, seem to be Tom Hardy and Rory McCann (aka Game of Thrones' 'The Hound'). I've also heard Gerard Butler (I'm thinking no...) and Phillip Glennister
mentioned.




Robin Ellacott


Age: 25   From: Yorkshire
Physical Appearance:Tall and curvaceous, strawberry-blonde hair, attractive.

Robin is working for a temping agency when she takes the job as secretary to Strike. She's smart and efficient, with a love for solving mysteries and a fiancee who's likely to get ditched at some point.




So far, it seems like Karen Gillan is a popular choice for Robin, as is Emma Watson. I actually do think Emma Watson would be pretty good, although that probably won't happen because of the association with Harry Potter. I've also heard Gemma Arterton mentioned (hmm - or doesn't she have a little sister who's blonde and acts, if anyone's seen Walking on Sunshine?) I was thinking maybe Freya Mavor (Sunshine on Leith, The White Queen) or Cara Theobold (Ivy from Downton?) or even Holliday Grainger, although she's probably too short.

They'll probably cast none of these, or even an unknown - but either way I'm sure the series will be good. Do you have a dream casting choice in mind for Strike or Robin? If so, let me know in the comments! :)






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  1. Can't wait for any casting news! :D I don't have any specific choice for the actors, beside I want them to be British. Although, I wouldn't mind if Strike's actor will be more attractive than Rowling has described him... :)
    Also, I'm very curious about the third novel, unfortunately, it will be only released next year in my country... :P

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    1. I wouldn't mind either! Haha, looking forward to casting news too, but maybe it'll be unknowns? Aw it's a shame you can't read it yet, hopefully it's good though when you can :)

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  2. Tom Hardy would be a good choice, I think, and just from those pictures you provided, I'm thinking Cara Theobold for Robin. I don't know why, but I can immediately see her in Strike's little office. No matter who they cast though, I have high hopes for this adaptation :D

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    1. Me too, so excited to see how they do it! I think Cara Theobold's definitely got the right sort of look and accent (if maybe a bit too girly) and Tom Hardy would be good if they can get him - he does still do TV (he's still in 'Peaky Blinders' I think) so you never know!

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  3. Tom Hardy's face and build are right but he doesn't have Strike's height. I'm leaning toward Matthew Macfadyen.

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    1. Hadn't thought of Matthew Macfadyen! Definitely the right sort of build - not sure he looks quite tough enough though?

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  4. I immediately imagined Robin as Rebecca Mader. She played Zelena in Once.

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    1. Just googled her! She's definitely Robinish - maybe just a bit too old?

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  5. Rob - James - Collier, is Cormoran Strike, Height, Build, Moody Look, same age.

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    1. Ooh, interesting! He's definitely got the height, if they roughed him up a bit maybe and did something with his hair...struggling to imagine him with a southern accent though.

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  6. I seriously think Jenna Coleman for Robin, her accent fits, right?

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    1. I'd not thought about it, but she is Northern, yeah! Blackpool though I think. I think she could do it, although wouldn't be my choice (she just gets on my nerves a bit)

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  7. Karen Gillan is number one for me as Robin .First and almost only face I thought of. Chemistry is going to play a big part as well. You may get two people who physically look perfect, but they have to gel for this to be right. Really looking forward to seeing who gets picked. If Philip Glenister was twenty years younger he would be perfect for Cormoran. He narrates the books on CD and he is marvellous but age is against him here. Just has to be a big stocky guy with a lived in face.

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    1. Agreed about Philip Glennister - I didn't know he read the audio books! I still haven't thought of anyone I'm that keen on for Strike, but definitely it'll be all about the chemistry.

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    2. His brother Robert Glenister reads the books, not Philip, they do sound alike though. He's brilliant, and totally agree if Philip was 20 years younger he'd be perfect. I think Elliot Cowan would be perfect he's 6'2 and even has the pube like hair (gross), he's knocking on 40, but is certainly attractive enough to pull the beautiful women he gets in the books. ;)

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    3. He does have the hair! Seen him in a couple of things and really like him as an actor. Only thing I'd say is he's too slim - would have to bulk up a bit!

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    4. I've been probably a little stupidly obsessed with finding the right Cormoran to fit my imagination. So far, Eliot Cowan is the most surprising, yet accurate choice thrown out there this far.

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  8. Both MUST be British. Strike needs to be someone Big and rough with charisma rather than traditional good looks. An unknown or little known like Ruth Minkley (See IMDb) would perfectly suit Robin.

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    1. Had a look at Ruth Minkley - someone like her would be good! I think they'll get a name for Strike though, although I'm struggling to think of actors of the right age with the right build! They all seem to be built like Eddie Redmayne :(

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  9. None of the guys have pube hair and a true boxer's nose... Can't be them..!

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    1. Rory McCann's looks curly in some pictures, think it might be naturally - although looking at him, a lot of it's gone now... Maybe they'll have to go with an unknown - or give someone a perm!

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  10. I'm also in the Karen Gillan camp for Robin. My dream Cormoran is Karl Urban. Similar build, about five years older than Strike in book 3, but that works because Strike looks older than his years. Known for gruff type roles. He's often heard with an American accent, but he's a New Zealander.

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    1. Eomer isn't he? I can see it, he'd have the right sort of charisma - but I reckon too traditionally handsome!

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  11. I'm also in the Karen Gillan camp for Robin. My dream Cormoran is Karl Urban. Similar build, about five years older than Strike in book 3, but that works because Strike looks older than his years. Known for gruff type roles. He's often heard with an American accent, but he's a New Zealander.

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  12. Wentworth Miller (played the younger version of Anthony Hopkins character in The Human Stain) would be my choice as Strike. He's 6'1", rugged, born a Brit and does a mean brood.

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    1. Was thinking definitely no until I googled him and saw his real hair! (Was thinking of prison break with the shaved head) Still think he's probably too American...

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  13. Gemma Arterton gets my nod as Robin.

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  14. Tom Hiddleston for Cormoran Strike!

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    1. I do love Tom Hiddleston, and he's got the hair - but too skinny I think! I've started to think maybe Howard Charles? (from the Musketeers: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4374184/?ref_=nmmd_md_nm )

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  16. The more I look at Warren Brown (Luther/Hollyoaks) the more perfect I think he would be for Cormoran Strike. About the right age too!

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  17. Looks like Matt Berry is currently hot favourite for Cormoran. Even JK has followed him on twitter. Physically he is perfect for the role.

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    1. Ooh! Closest I've seen so far, but googled his height - he's only five foot five! :/ Other than that though, he looks good :)

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  18. When I read the books I saw Russell Crowe! He would be perfect though unlikely to appear in a BBC series.

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    1. haha, yeah I can't see him in a BBC series either - although I think HBO are involved now too? He is the right physical type!

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  19. I've always imagined Brendan Coyle as Cormoran Strike. Maybe because of his limp in Downton Abbey. Had to do something with the hair though.

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    1. I can see it! He's getting on a bit though.

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  20. I've never felt so strongly about a casting as I do about Tom Hardy as Strike. He has the gruffness down pat. Robin is harder because she has to look both smart and tough, but also kind, slightly naive and bright-eyed and bushy-tailed (next to Strike). And she has to look like someone who's gone through a lot but is also driven and has the energy to take on a lot. I've always pictured someone like Rachel McAdams (probably thanks to her role in Spotlight and True Detective plus all the rom-coms she has under her belt) but she's Canadian. So whoever the British version is of her is.

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    1. Yeah, a Rachel McAdams type would be good! Really don't know who our equivalent would be - been thinking maybe Sarah Bolger could be quite good though. She's Irish but I'm pretty sure I've heard her do other accents before, and she's the right sort of age :)

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  21. I know he's not an actor and too old even if he were, but I always imagined Peter Jackson as Strike when I was reading the books. I feel like a lot of the choices already mentioned are too handsome to be strike.

    For Robin, I'm thinking Deborah Ann Woll. She plays a very similar character in Daredevil and totally looks the part.

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    1. She looks quite good - American though so would depend if she could do the accent... I think they'll probably make Strike better looking for TV, but I hope they don't go too off book. I know what you mean about Peter Jackson!

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  22. http://br.web.img3.acsta.net/r_640_600/b_1_d6d6d6/pictures/14/09/05/17/32/105368.jpg

    Alfred! <3

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    1. It's going to drive me mad trying to remember where I know this guy from! He would be a good Strike, but again too old?

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    2. There is an actress who is totally perfect for Robin - she's brilliant.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robyn_Addison

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    3. Yeah, she looks promising!

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  23. I always picture Dominic West from HBOs The Wire as Cormoran Strike. Love these books! Just finished the third one :)

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    1. Me too. I know he is a bit old for the part, but he feels spot on otherwise.

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    2. Me too. I know he is a bit old for the part, but he feels spot on otherwise.

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  24. The problem with just about every actor is that he won't be tough enough. You need a heavyweight/light heavyweight MMA fighter or dude who would look at home being the biggest guy in a war movie. Tom Hardy has the right persona, but not the right height. And would need to be punched in the face a bit more. Might not be perfect but I'd love to see him interact with the perfect Robin. Like Karen Gillan or Cara Theobold. You've got to believe she's tough and self-sufficient.

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  25. I see Robin looking like Kelly Reilly.. too bad she is too old for the character

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  26. I don't have any casting suggestions, but pleased to hear BBC is making a series based on the books. Unlike you, I liked A Casual Vacancy (the novel) but wasn't happy with the BBC adaptation.

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  27. I don't have any casting suggestions, but pleased to hear BBC is making a series based on the books. Unlike you, I liked A Casual Vacancy (the novel) but wasn't happy with the BBC adaptation.

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  28. How about Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger??🤔🤷🏻‍♀️😉

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    1. ahah was pleased with the cast in the end - Holliday Grainger was on my original list as well!

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