Hugh could play a barrister with Tourette's

Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville is being lined up to star in the film adaptation of hit sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys.

The comedy show’s creator and star Brendan O’Carroll thinks Hugh, 49, is the perfect person to play a barrister who suffers from Tourette’s Syndrome in the upcoming flick.

‘This barrister hasn’t represented anyone for five years because when he is under pressure he develops Tourette’s,’ says Brendan, 57.

‘I’m hoping to get Hugh Bonneville for the part. I wrote it with him in mind and couldn’t stop laughing – I think he’d be brilliant.’

Mrs Brown’s Boys tells the story of foul-mouthed Irish grandma Agnes Brown – played by Brendan – and her dysfunctional family.

The £3.8 million film spin-off is provisionally titled Mrs Brown: De Filum and is scheduled to begin filming in August for a 2014 release.

‘The movie will revolve around a court case after a politician, developer and banker team up to close a Dublin market,’ Brendan tells The Sun.

‘They think Agnes‘s stall will be easy to shut down because she’s a widow – but she has no intention of going anywhere without a fight.’

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