T2 Trainspotting director Danny Boyle is predicting that Scotland will leave the United Kingdom if Britain goes ahead with its planned Brexit from the EU.
Boyle, 60, currently riding high in the box office with the sequel to his original 1996 Edinburgh junkie drama, made the claim while promoting the new film in Moscow.
The director, who was widely commended for his work as artistic director of the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, shared some of his thoughts with Russian journalists.
Boyle, a Manchester-born Englishman, said: "We had our hearts broken with Brexit, because we wanted to stay in the EU.
"Scotland voted for staying in the EU while England voted for Brexit. I think if Brexit still happens, Scotland will leave the United Kingdom."
He added that the European Union had made Scotland a more dynamic and interesting place by bringing in an influx of migrants and students, especially to the capital city Edinburgh.
As well as the Trainspotting movies, which were based on novels by Scottish author Irvine Welsh, Boyle has directed movies including Shallow Grave, The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and Steve Jobs.
Scotland's First Minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon is widely expected to announce a second referendum on Scottish independence following the House of Commons' backing of the Brexit Bill.
She is expected to announce her intention to return to the polls at next month’s SNP conference with August 2018 tipped as the most likely date for the vote.