The Casual Vacancy stars Michael Gambon as Howard Mollison, Julia McKenzie as Shirley Mollison, Keeley Hawes as Samantha Mollison, Rufus Jones as Miles Mollison, Rory Kinnear as Barry Fairbrother, Emily Bevan as Mary Fairbrother, Simon McBurney as Colin Wall, Monica Dolan as Tess Wall, Lolita Chakrabarti as Parminder Jawanda, Silas Carson as Vikram Jawanda, Richard Glover as Simon Price, Marie Critchley as Ruth Price, Abigail Lawrie as Krystal Weedon, Keeley Forsyth as Terri Weedon, Michele Austin as Kaye Bawden, Sam Redford as Obbo, Hettie Baynes Russell as Mo, Emilia Fox as Julia Sweetlove, Julian Wadham as Aubrey Sweetlove, Joe Hurst as Andrew ‘Arf’ Price, Ria Choony as Sukhvinder Jawanda, Brian Vernel as Stuart ‘Fats’ Wall, and Simona Brown as Gaia Bawden.
Watch the new trailer of The Casual Vacancy, released by BBC.
The Casual Vacancy centres on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade however, is a town at war: rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils. Pagford is not what it first seems.
At the Parish Council meeting the subject of Sweetlove House and its legacy arises. Howard Mollison, the Chairman, heads up the faction who want to see an end to the legacy; the thorn in his side is Barry Fairbrother, who makes an impassioned speech outlining the importance of the legacy, and the services it provides. For now, Barry has won the argument.
When Barry dies suddenly, Pagford is left in shock, and the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the village has yet seen. Three candidates are soon lined up: Miles Mollison, Howard’s son; Colin Wall, Barry’s friend; and Simon Price, Barry’s half-brother.
The Casual Vacancy will premiere on February 15, 2015 in the United Kingdom.