Last night Oscar winning director Danny Boyle confirmed that there is finally going to be a sequel to his much-loved 90’s classic, Trainspotting. After first teasing us with the news back in 2013, it’s now official that we’ll soon be able to catch up with four of our all time favourite movie characters as Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner are all on board.
“All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” Boyle, director of the 1996 film, told Deadline. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together, which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series,” said Boyle.
Fingers crossed the lads can pull it together, as next year marks the 20th anniversary of the movie’s release (no, we can’t believe it either) and according to the films star, Ewan McGregor, “It would make sense for the sequel to be made in 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original.”
Boyle’s Oscar-nominated film caused critics to claim that he had revitalised British cinema in the early ’90s. Shot in Glasgow for just £1.5M, the Film 4 cult classic went on to take £48M and was a worldwide box office hit, as fans quickly took characters Renton, Sick Boy, Begbie and Spud to their hearts.
For those of you who haven’t seen the original movie, Trainspotting (based on the book of the same name by Irvine Welsh) follows heroin addict Renton, played by McGregor, as he stumbles through bad ideas and sobriety attempts with his unreliable friends by his side in Edinburgh. After trying to clean up his act by moving to London, he quickly realizes that he can’t escape the life he left behind as his friends are quick to follow him.
Adapated from the 2002 novel Porno (another Irvine Welsh novel), Trainspotting 2 will see Ewan and co reunite to pick up the story ten years down the line.
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Trainspotting’s memorable cult soundtrack (including tracks like Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” and Underworld’s “Born Slippy”) and stirring memories of 90’s poster boy Ewan McGreggor pulling that infamous pose, have certainly got us reminiscing in the Look office. We’re super excited at what the sequel will bring and can’t wait to catch up with the lads.
By Isobel Drummond