Give it to Starz to do justice to a book. With 'Outlander,' and 'American Gods,' the network has proved its mettle in adapting books to television. 'The Rook' is the recent book that is getting the Starz treatment, and fans are already loving it. The spy series written by an Australian author, Daniel O'Malley, won many awards in 2012 and gained a wide readership. Now with the TV adaptation, with quite a few A-listers in the cast, high expectations are on the cards.
Here's everything you need to know about the sci-fi show that centers around a woman who wakes up clueless about her identity but discovers that she possesses great supernatural abilities.
'The Rook' release date is yet to be confirmed by Starz, but we will update it when the news is out.
Based on a book by Australian author Daniel O’Malley, the plot revolves around a woman named Myfanwy Thomas who wakes up on a bridge in London with no memory of who she is. Noticing a circle of dead bodies around her, she has no explanation for a series of incidents until she discovers that there's a supernatural force behind it. The official synopsis released by Starz reads; "When Myfanwy discovers she’s a high ranking official in Britain’s secret service for people with paranormal abilities, she’ll have to navigate the dangerous and complex world of the agency to uncover who wiped her memory and why."
'The Rook' includes a number of Hollywood stars starting right from the protagonist played by Emma Greenwell, who starred in HBO’s 'True Blood' and Showtime series 'Shameless.'
Star of The CW series 'The Messengers' and NBC drama 'Reverie,' Jon Fletcher, will play an integral character, Teddy Gestalt. Acclaimed actress Olivia Munn plays the role of Monica Reed, a character just has a cameo in the book but is cast as a lead in Starz's adaptation. 'Curfew' and 'Riviera' star Adrian Lester also appears alongside Toby Cordes, Joely Richardson, and Tamsin Topolski.
The author of the book, Daniel O'Malley, is an Australian science fiction writer who won the Aurealis Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2012 for his first book, 'The Rook.'
Tree episode of Starz show is getting directed by China Moo-Young, best known for 'Misfits,' 'Thirteen,' and 'Pennyworth.'
The teaser trailer released on March 8, 2019 and fans were instantly impressed. Giving a gist of what unfurls in the book, the promo opens with Myfanwy waking up in the pouring rain in Central London. Surrounded by dead bodies, she panics and runs off only to find herself questioning even more. In the trailer, we can see Myfanwy talking to Myfawny on an iPad where the virtual self tells her to find out who wiped out her memory and why.
As the trailer proceeds, there are several action sequences from gunfights to a car chase and Olivia Munn's character is very prominent. Fans who took to comment hoped the show would do justice to the book.
Where to watch
The show will air on Starz.
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