All things considered, the years have been relatively kind to Renton (Ewan McGregor), Spud (Ewan Bremner), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and the volatile Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who are no strangers to Edinburgh’s criminal underground and drug-induced trips into the worst toilet in all of Scotland. Basically, they’ve been through the wringer, to put it kindly, and soon director Danny Boyle will be getting the gang back together for Trainspotting 2.
Set a full 20 years after the original classic, T2 is said to mine inspiration from Irvine Welsh’s novel sequel Porno, and an all-new international trailer released today sheds light on the story underpinning Danny Boyle’s long-anticipated follow-up. Containing many of the same shots glimpsed in the sequel’s reveal trailer, Trainspotting 2 continues to impress with its electrifying visual style – you can thank Boyle and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle for that – which is all set against the pulsing house beats of Underworld’s “Born Slippy.”
Kelly Macdonald co-stars as Diane, a former flame to Mark Renton, while there’s also mention of the stolen £16,000 from the ’96 original. Will the sins of the past come to haunt Renton and the boys? We’ll find out very soon indeed. Besides, if nothing else, it’s great to see these characters back on our screens.
“Choose life, choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere, cares.” Trainspotting 2 will make its debut in the UK first on January 27. The sequel’s US launch was recently shifted to accommodate Sony’s revised release slate – a reshuffling effort that impacted Jumanji, Flatliners and Edgar Wright’s star-studded Baby Driver – meaning those across the pond can now expect Danny Boyle’s long-awaited sequel to open on March 3.