Scots actor Jack Lowden targeted for lead role in TV adaptation of The Way Of All Flesh


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.

Award-winning Scottish author Chris Brookmyre collaborated on The Way Of All Flesh with wife Dr Marisa Haetzman

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.

Saoirse Ronan and Jack Lowden in Mary Queen of Scots

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.

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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.”

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