Richard Rankin was photographed in Byres Road today by our photographer Gordon Terris as production begins for the Rebus reboot.
He was seen outside the West End Kember and Jones cafe with movie crews on Tuesday afternoon.
Based on the best-selling books by Ian Rankin, Rebus follows the central character, Detective Inspector John Rebus, as he solves various crimes in and around Edinburgh.
Outlander star Rankin will follow in the footsteps of John Hannah, Ken Stott, Brian Cox, Ron Donachie and Charles Lawson to play a young Rebus.
The new series is said to be a “fresh and exciting offering in the high-end crime genre” and follows 40-year-old Rebus as he finds himself at a psychological crossroads after an altercation with a notorious gangster.
The Scottish actor said: “I am delighted to take on the role of Rebus. I am a huge fan of the series and of Sir Ian Rankin.
“I feel very lucky to have the honor of bringing back such an iconic Scottish character. TELEVISION screens and I will give everything I have to do it justice.
Sir Ian Rankin said: “Rebus has been a huge part of my life for a long time and working with Gregory Burke to create a new story that sees him navigate life as a younger man in contemporary (and ever-changing) Scotland. It has been a truly fascinating process.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Richard bring the character to life – he’s perfect for the role, and not just because we coincidentally share the same last name.”