Ewan McGregor Talks ‘Trainspotting’ Sequel: ‘I’m Totally Up For It’

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

Slowly but surely, pieces are falling into place for the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic "Trainspotting," and chances are good we'll see the follow-up in time for the 20th Anniversary of the original.

"Trainspotting" star Ewan McGregor recently participated in a special screening of the movie, staged as a fundraiser for the London Film School, with director Danny Boyle, actor Robert Carlyle, and producer Andrew Macdonald in attendance. While McGregor was unable to appear in person, he spoke to the audience via telephone, and said he'd be eager to make a sequel.

"It's funny, Irvine Welsh's novel, 'Porno,' is set ten years after 'Trainspotting', but I wasn't ready to do it then, for lots of reasons," McGregor said. "But now there's talk of it happening in a few years' time, and I'm totally up for it. I'd be so chuffed to be back on set with everybody and I think it would be an extraordinary experience."

Irvine Welsh, who wrote the 1993 novel that was the basis for "Trainspotting," published a sequel, "Porno," in 2002. In 'Porno," the characters who were junkies chasing one scam after another in the original were seen a decade later trying to make a fast buck by making a porn movie.

McGregor's statement came after Boyle told reporters in March that he was interested in making a "Trainspotting" sequel.

"This has been a long time coming," Boyle said. "There's always been this long-term plan for 'Trainspotting 2.' If John [Hodge, 'Trainspotting' screenwriter] can produce a decent enough script, I don't think there will be any barriers to Ewan or any of the cast coming back. I think they'll wanna know that the parts are good so they don't feel like they are letting anyone down."

McGregor and Boyle's statements suggest the two have buried the hatched after a falling-out over a decade ago. McGregor starred in Boyle's first feature film, "Shallow Grave," in 1994, as well as "Trainspotting" and 1997's "A Life Less Ordinary." However, while McGregor was originally cast in the lead of Boyle's "The Beach," he was dropped from the project when Leonardo DiCaprio became available, and it's said the two didn't speak for years. Now that McGregor's eager to work with Boyle again for "Trainspotting 2," it seems they've settled any differences they still had over "The Beach."

So far, nothing official had been announced for "Porno," beyond Boyle commissioning a screenplay from John Hodge. But if McGregor is on board, it shouldn’t be too hard to get the rest of the cast to join in, and with any luck we'll bet to see what Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy, and Spud have been doing with themselves in 2016.