Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle in talks to return as Begbie in new spin off series

Trainspotting star Robert Carlyle confirmed he’s in talks to return as Begbie in a new spin off series.

The actor admitted chats about the series, based on Irvine Welsh’s 2016 book The Blade Artist, are at early stages but confirmed ‘it’s looking pretty good that this will happen eventually’.

The Blade Artist looks at Begbie’s life following the Trainspotting days and sees him living in California, reformed and rechristened as Jim Francis, with his wife and two daughters.

Robert who has just made the second series of Sky drama Cobra, told NME : “Irvine [Welsh] and myself have been chatting quite a lot recently with a couple of excellent producers in London about [continuing the Trainspotting story].

“I think we’re thinking about doing it as six one-hour ‘television event piece’, as they say nowadays – whatever that means.

“But it seemed to me to be right to look at it like that, and Irvine loved that idea.

“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.”

He added: “Sometime in the next year and a bit we’ll hopefully be talking again and we’ll be talking about the return of Begbie.”

Begbie first appeared in the Trainspotting book as a main antagonist in 1993.

He was considered mentally unstable – and accepted by the rest of the group solely for his ability to supply them with cash.

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