BBC casting news for “The Casual Vacancy” mini-series; includes names from “Potter” films

Ever since it was announced back in December that J.K. Rowling’s first novel for “grown-ups,” The Casual Vacancy, would be turned into a BBC mini-series, everyone began formulating their own list of perfect actors to portray each character.

Despite Neil Blair’s earlier tweet saying that casting would begin in late spring, BBC has announced a selected number of the show’s cast members, including a few familiar names from the Harry Potter films.

Here are the names that BBC has released of the chosen actors and actresses and the roles they will play:

  • Samantha Mollison – Minnie Driver
  • Terri Weedon – Helena Bonham Carter
  • Colin “Cubby” Wall – David Thewlis
  • Parminder Jawanda – Indira Varma
  • Vikram Jawanda – Raza Jaffrey
  • Stuart “Fats” Wall – Alex Etel

Danny Cohen, controller of BBC1, commented on the casting selections:

“The experience alone of finding these actors and actresses was very demanding, but also very rewarding. We are so lucky to have J.K. Rowling’s continued support and participation during the casting process as we attempt to bring these amazing characters to life as they were in her mind.”

No word yet on casting for the remaining characters or crew. Did any of your predictions come true? What are your thoughts on the selected cast? Do you have any ideas for the other characters?