English actor Jamie Bacon, who has never been to Scotland, is to play the lead role in a film about Bonnie Prince Charlie.
The Great Getaway
will follow the Young Pretender's escape across the Western Isles, after defeat at Culloden in the failed Jacobite rising of 1745.
Having previously appeared in small roles in little-known British indies, this is Bacon's first major film role. Although previously linked with American actor Jake Abel
, executive producer Robbie Moffat
has said that Bacon would be "perfect" for the part.
Of the decision to cast an English actor, Moffat said: "Bonnie Prince Charlie was born in Rome to a Polish mother and an English father. He did not have a Scottish accent.
"One of the things this film is trying to do is rid the story of its myths."
In fact, Bacon actually has something in common with the Scottish Prince.
"I've never been to Scotland before.