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Rory Kinnear stars in J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy. (BBC)

J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy has already aired in the U.K. with Rowling herself “crying her eyes out,” at the finale. But, we’re still on pins and needles with the HBO premiere happening on Wednesday April 29.

The novel, written for an adult audience, has sold six million copies since being published in 2012. The story is set in the little town of Pagford, England, following the unexpected death of 40-something Barry Fairbrother (Rory Kinnear), leaving a vacant town council seat.

The entire town is up in a tizzy over the election.

It’s a great sign that the author was pleased with the end results, as seen in her below tweet:

While we wait for the three-part series to kick off stateside, HBO has released a trailer for the BBC/HBO co-production, which is narrated by the ghost of Barry:

The TV adaptation stars Kinnear, Michael Gambon, and Keeley Hawes.

The first two episodes will air on Wednesday, April 29, with the final episode following on Thursday, April 30.

What did you think of the new trailer?

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By Brigid Brown