In oral history of the 1996 hit for The Hollywood Reporter, actor says he considered it as research for his character, but was dissuaded when he met real-life addicts in Glasgow
Shadows of past glories suffocate present endeavors in T2 Trainspotting, the long-awaited, much-delayed and disappointingly redundant follow-up to Danny Boyle’s 1996 “Cool Britannia” sensation Trainspotting. Reuniting Boyle with writer John Hodge, producer Andrew MacDonald and most of the original cast — top-billed Ewan McGregor reprises his breakthrough role of the charismatically rebellious Scottish drug addict Renton — this darkly larkish crime-flavored character-comedy will doubtless score very big on its skillfully-hyped U.K.-and-Ireland Jan. 27 bow, but looks of niche interest farther afield.
Fans of the 1996 hit Trainspotting have been waiting for years as star Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle have expressed hot-and-cold opinions about the possibility of a sequel. Luckily, the duo finally patched things up and set about production on the follow-up, which recently released a tantalizing teaser. Now, fans have a full-length trailer to pour over with lots of references back to seminal indie drama about heroin addicts in Scotland. And as it proves, the entire gang has reunited for another round. Watch it above.
Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor, and Jonny Lee Miller in ‘Trainspotting’ (Everett) By Jacob Bryant, Variety Robert Carlyle has read the script for Trainspotting 2 and he seems to be a fan. Trainspotting director Danny Boyle will helm the sequel, and writer John Hodge returned to pen the script, which is said to be loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s Trainspotting follow-up novel Porno. In fact, the entire main cast of the original is expected to return, including Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, and Ewan Bremner.
‘Trainspotting’ (Everett) By Kyle Buchanan, Vulture Danny Boyle is currently making the rounds to discuss his terrific new movie Steve Jobs, but while chatting with Vulture, I couldn’t let the filmmaker promote his current project without first setting my mind at ease about one to come. Boyle next intends to make a sequel to his unforgettable 1996 film Trainspotting, and as enticing as it is to imagine Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, and all the rest returning to their roles as smack-addicted Scottish lowlifes, I confessed to Boyle that I was a little apprehensive about a 20-years-later look. When it comes to doing another Trainspotting, they were very nervous, because for all of them, it’s a large part of their reputation and they feel very protective towards their character.” Related: Just How Bankable Is Aaron Sorkin at the Box Office?