Robert Carlyle first burst onto our screens as the psychotic hard man Francis Begbie in 1996’s groundbreaking cult flick Trainspotting.
Now, the 60-year-old actor, from Glasgow, will reprise his beloved role for the third time in a six-part television spin-off series based on Irvine Welsh’s 2016 book, The Blade Artist.
The latest instalment in Begbie’s story will see the character return from a lavish life in California, where he’s become a celebrity in the art world, to Scotland for his murdered son’s funeral.
However the new series is ‘a way off’ at the moment, with Carlyle predicting that the project will hit small screens in around 18 months, the actor told Sky News.
Robert Carlyle has teased details of his six-part television spin-off series based on Irvine Welsh’s 2016 book, The Blade Artist, while revealing the project is around 18 months from premiering. He is pictured in London, 2017
The actor first burst onto screen as the psychotic hard man Francis Begbie in 1996’s groundbreaking cult flick Trainspotting (pictured, Carlyle with Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting)
‘It’s a way off at the moment, I would think probably the way these things go, 18 months or so maybe down the line’, he said.
Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, the original Trainspotting movie proved to be one of the iconic movies of its generation – a shocking story of four Edinburgh friends and their hedonistic heroin use.
The new series is an adaptation of The Blade Artist and Robert is set to star and executive produce the series. It is not known if original writer Danny Boyle will be involved.
Teasing details of the project, Robert revealed that his character starts off the movie having just HMP Edinburgh, where he served a 25-year prison sentence for his multitude of crimes.
Pictured L-R; Author Irvine Welsh and actors Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner Trainspotting on the set of the film in 1995
While inside Begbie discovers a talent for art, particularly sculpture, and eventually marries his art therapist – something Robert says is not that unusual in the real world.
After having children in the US, his artwork is discovered and the former thug is reformed as a celebrity for the ‘glitterati of the day’.
‘So he’s a kind of cause celebre suddenly, but very quickly, within 10 pages of the book, he gets a phone call from back home and his son has been murdered by a gang. So he has to go back, and as he goes back, it just spirals out of control.’, explained Carlyle.
Carlyle confirmed he will be making a comeback in the new series in October, but so far none of the other original cast have been attached to the project.
In the original 1996 film, Begbie is a friend of the group who is not addicted to heroin but is volatile and extremely violent
On his return, Robert told Deadline that the ‘prospect of working with Irvine and bringing Francis Begbie to life once more is an absolute gift’.
Novelist Irvine added: ‘Begbie is Begbie and Robert is the long-term friend and collaborator who inspirationally brought the character to life with his incendiary portrayal.
‘To say I’m excited at us reuniting creatively on this project is obviously something of an understatement.’
In 2017, a Trainspotting sequel adapted from Scottish author Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno premiered, with the original cast reprising their roles.
In 2017, a Trainspotting sequel adapted from Scottish author Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno premiered, with the original cast reprising their roles. Pictured, Carlyle in the film
Directed by Boyle, Trainspotting 2 – abbreviated for the screen as T2 – saw the reunited cast attempt to make a name for themselves in the lucrative adult film industry.
Meanwhile, Carlyle’s character Begbie returned to his hot tempered ways, however this time was dealing with serious responsibility in his life as a father.
Speaking at the World premiere of T2, Robert teased his new series by admitting the sequel to the original cinematic endeavour won’t be the last fans will see of his character.
Commenting on a possible trilogy, he said: ‘We’ve been talking about that, I am up for doing it,’ he said. ‘So maybe we ain’t seen the end of Begbie just yet.’