We’re all fully aware by now that a sequel to 1996 cult classic Trainspotting is in the works, with snippets of here-and-there regarding Danny Boyle’s movie adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s gritty novel.
Indeed, for months, fans of the first movie have been jittering with excitement at the thought of the original cast getting back together and finally, some pesky paparazzi have provided the visual proof.
Renton and Sick Boy
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Just the other day, some shots of Ewan McGregor (who was also ) as Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton and Jonny Lee Miller as Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson alongside director Danny Boyle rolled in and to be quite frank, the images are quite striking.
While we may have been accustomed to seeing this lot wading through shit in disastrous toilet situations and attempting to dodge their in the first movie by going cold-turkey, the sequel appears to see them finally clean up their act. That is, if their attire is anything to go by.
Here are the some images of the ex-heroin-addicts not looking like homeless youths, wearing actual suits and even entering government buildings in Edinburgh, Scotland:
Yet, if you think the following is a far cry from their past shenanigans, think again. While the original storyline of Welsh’s 2002 follow-up novel Porno takes place ten years after we last see the crew, the actual plot of Trainspotting 2 is tweaked to modern-day Edinburgh.
It sees Sick Boy returning to the city to make a porn film. As the story goes, he recruits Renton to help, all the while Spud decides to tell Begbie (fresh out of prison) what they’re up to. Let’s all just assume that things don’t go as planned.
Ultimately, it may be that just as Sick Boy has retained his peroxide blonde mop, not a lot has changed since all that time has passed.
If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the teaser for Trainspotting 2:
As for the filming that is currently taking place in Edinburgh, director Danny Boyle has been slightly less secretive. Recently he spoke about working in Scotland again, saying:
“I feel very fortunate and grateful to be able to make films, and to be able to always have a choice in what I do. Coming back to Edinburgh has actually been really fascinating, since filming the first Trainspotting Edinburgh has changed dramatically. You can see the gentrification massively in the city.”
Trainspotting 2 is yet to have an official release date but is expected to hit screens in 2017.