Trainspotting sequel to begin shooting in May
It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a full 20 years since Danny Boyle's Trainspotting first arrived on cinema screens, but with that anniversary just around the corner Ewan McGregor has confirmed that the film's long-awaited sequel will finally begin shooting in a couple of months' time.
Speaking to Collider, McGregor confirmed that the sequel will begin shooting at the end of May this year, with all four of the film's main actors – Robert Carlyle, Euan Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and McGregor himself – set to reprise their roles, while Danny Boyle will also return to the director's chair..
One thing that still hasn't been confirmed however is the film's title. The novel on which the original film was based was given a sequel, Porno, in 2002 by its author Irvine Welsh, but for reasons that should be fairly obvious it was decided by Boyle that the title of the film would have to be changed. As it stands, the new title has yet to be announced.
The reason behind the book's title is that much of the narrative involves Miller's character Sick Boy, who decides to make a career for himself as a director in the adult film industry. In the Collider interview, McGregor stated that Boyle and his fellow actors were “somewhat protective over what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us. We didn't want to make a poor sequel to it.”
McGregor also added that the script, adapted from Welsh's novel by John Hodge, only arrived recently and was “really, really, really good.... had we not been presented with the most extraordinary script, which we were, I think we wouldn’t be making the sequel. But because we were, we are.”
No exact release date has been confirmed at the time of writing, but the film is expected to arrive at some point in 2017.