Crime-writing couple Christopher Brookmyre and Marisa Haetzman have revealed they want Jack Lowden to play the lead role when their book is brought to life on TV.
The pair think the Mary Queen of Scots star, 29, is perfect for the part of medical student Will Raven in the adaptation of their critically-acclaimed novel The Way Of All Flesh.
Actor Benedict Cumberbatch’s production firm SunnyMarch has the rights to develop the story for Sky Atlantic with Killing Eve scriptwriters Jessica and Henrietta Ashworth.
Brookmyre and Haetzman, who collaborate under the pseudonym Ambrose Parry, have told Lowden they want him for the role.
Brookmyre, 50, said: “I actually saw Jack Lowden in something and thought he’d be perfect for Raven.
“Coincidentally we bumped into him, so we told him. It always helps if somebody knows you’re thinking of them for a role.
“He’s got just the right qualities for Raven – he looks as though he could have a little bit of a dark side as well.”
Based on historical figures and set in the medical world of 1847 Edinburgh, the book introduced readers to medical student Raven, apprentice to real-life professor of midwifery Dr James Young Simpson.
With Simpson on the cusp of discovering chloroform’s anaesthetic properties, Raven and Sarah Fisher, the doctor’s maid, are propelled into the capital’s underworld by a string of deaths.
Haetzman, 51, who started writing after quitting her doctor job at Wishaw General Hospital, said: “We talk about who we’d like all the time.
“Sarah is trickier. But I think they have someone in mind – a young Scottish actress who’s very good.”
Speaking at Edinburgh International Book Festival, Brookmyre added: “The exciting thing for us is taking these real historical events and characters and bringing them to life.”