Trainspotting TV series following Begbie is officially in the works and we can’t wait

Carlyle confirmed a spin-off TV series following Begbie is officially in the works (Picture: Rex/Shutterstock)

Begbie star Robert Carlyle has now confirmed more of the Scottish drama franchise is to come in the not-to-distant future.

Trainspotting is one of the most-loved cult classic films of the last few decades, following the life of drug addict Mark Renton (played by Ewan McGregor) and his friends including Carlyle’s troubled Francis Begbie.

But after the success of Danny Boyle’s 1996 cult classic and its 2017 sequel T2: Trainspotting, one of the stars of the series has teased what’s next for the bunch of characters.

Speaking to NME, Begbie actor Carlyle let the cat out the bag there could be more of the story for viewers to tune into very soon:

He explained: ‘Irvine [Welsh, Trainspotting author] and myself have been chatting quite a lot recently with a couple of excellent producers in London about [continuing the Trainspotting story].

‘As you know there was another book called The Blade Artist which is just entirely about Begbie and his mad story.

Robert Carlyle as Begbie in the original film (Picture: Moviestore/Rex/Shutterstock)

‘It’s still in its early moments but it’s looking pretty good that this will happen eventually.’

The Blade Artist is the fourth in the series of Trainspotting books from Welsh, which was published back in 2016.

He went on to share the planned format he believed the series would end up taking, most likely as a six-episode series, with each episode set to be an hour long.

The actor reprised his role for T2 Trainspotting in 2017 (Picture: Anthony Harvey/Rex/Shutterstock)

The star added to the publication why they were more inclined towards this direction than another feature-length film.

He continued: ‘It’s such a massive story – it’s all Los Angeles back and forth to Edinburgh – and it’s difficult to do all that in an hour and a half.

‘Especially if you want to keep the basis of that book pure. I think nowadays people like the event thing too – they like “six hours of this… bang,” they can boxset it, they can binge it, so after a few chats we thought that’s the way forward. So that’s the plan.

But when might we get more of the famed psychopathic character on our screens?

‘Sometime in the next year and a bit we’ll hopefully be talking again and we’ll be talking about the return of Begbie,’ he said.

We for one can’t wait.

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