Nearly twenty years after the original movie released, director Danny Boyle once again returns to helm this sequel – currently still known as Trainspotting 2 – along with the original film’s main cast; Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewan Bremner, and Johnny Lee Miller, all confirmed. Boyle has also confirmed via Facebook that filming has begun in Edinburgh.
McGregor has expanded on that, offering his opinion on the Trainspotting sequel script.
Here is what McGregor offered Collider on the matter, when he was interviewed during the promotional tour for the upcoming Miles Ahead:
“It’s been 10 years since Irvine Welsh wrote the sequel novel, Porno, so it’s been a long time, a lot of speculation. For me, too! 10 years ago, I didn’t want to do it; I wasn’t ready to do it. Also, there was no script.”
John Hodge, who has a long history of working with Boyle and McGregor; he wrote the screenplays for Trainspotting, Shallow Grave, A Life Less Ordinary as well as The Beach, which famously did not feature McGregor, leading to a fall out between actor and director. But things were settled, and McGregor adds that it was the strength of Hodge’s script that convinced him, and other cast members, to board the sequel.
“The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good. I think, if that had not happened, none of us would be into it. I think we’re all sort of somewhat protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us. None of us want to make a poor sequel to it. So 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 release date has yet been given.