Irish actor Jason O'Mara is in final negotiations to play Raymond Chandler's iconic private eye Philip Marlowe in the pilot episode of a new series.

The Hollywood Reporter says that 'Marlowe' is set in modern-day Los Angeles and describes it as "a procedural crime drama".

A graduate of the BA in Drama and Theatre from Trinity College, Dubliner O'Mara can currently be seen on RTÉ One in the US legal series 'In Justice'.

His other TV credits include 'The Bill', 'Monarch of the Glen', 'CSI: Miami' and 'The Agency'.