In the second Strike novel, The Silkworm, writer Owen Quine goes missing. His wife, Leonora Quine, calls in private detective Cormoran Strike to try and find him.
Owen is described in the book as being a large man with blond hair tied back, and a goatee beard. Owen is an eccentric character that often wears a cape and likes to stir trouble and cause a bit of drama. Slightly arrogant and with a high opinion of himself, Owen often takes off unexpectedly, hoping everyone will worry about him. When Cormoran Strike discovers his whereabouts, he finds a brutally murdered corpse, decaying in acid and his guts removed.
The victim of the brutal murder is being played by actor Jeremy Swift, an English actor who has starred in numerous dramas and films such as the mystery film Gosford Park, BBC’s Downton Abbey, and the 2005 adaptation of Oliver Twist.
With a bit of facial hair growth and a bit of hair dye, we reckon Jeremy will be a great Owen Quine!
Owen’s wife, and Cormoran Strike’s client, Leonora Quine, another slightly eccentric character, described in the book as looking like British serial killer Rose West, is being portrayed by British actress Monica Dolan, who, funnily enough, starred as Rose West in the ITV drama, Appropriate Adult (2011), in which she won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress.
In a more recent role, Monica starred as Janet McIntyre in the two-part ITV drama adaptation of Agatha Christie’s play, The Witness for the Prosecution.
Quite simply, we think Monica is just perfect for the role as Leonora Quine!
The BBC and HBO adaptation, Strike, is set to air in the U.K. in August this year! Let us know in the comments below what you think of Jeremy and Monica as Owen and Leonora!