Ewan McGregor Returns as Renton in New Trainspotting 2 Set Photos
Hollywood is on a very big sequel and franchise kick right now. Basically, if you have an established property of any kind, you can probably get a sequel made for your movie, even if the original came out 20 years ago. That being the case, director Danny Boyle has finally gotten around to making the long awaited sequel to his cult classic Trainspotting and since production is already underway, we are getting some very cool looks at what we can expect from Trainspotting 2.
Photographer Katielee Arrowsmith took to her Twitter to post some set photos from T2 that she recently nabbed from the Scotland set. The photos clearly showcase Boyle, of course, but also show the characters of Mark Renton and Sick Boy, being played again by Ewan McGregor and Johnny Lee Miller respectively. Though the characters definitely look a tiny bit older, they look very much like not a lot has changed since we last left them in 1996. These follow the first set of set photos, which saw the return of Spud, as played by Ewen Bremner.
Trainspotting 2, which is currently going under the name of T2 even though that likely won't stick because of Terminator 2, will be taking place in a modern day setting and following the characters from the first film in their modern day lives. The film will be loosely adapting the Irvine Welsh novel Porno. The novel is a sequel to Trainspotting in which Sick Boy comes back to Edinborough to make a porn film and recruits Renton to help him out with it.
Boyle had expressed his desire to revisit the world of Trainspotting back in 2009 and it had been in some phase of development for the years leading up to the current production of Trainspotting 2. Ewan McGregor has praised the script for the sequel, calling it "Extraordinary" and the rest of the cast seems to feel very similarly about the project. Though the original wasn't exactly a smash success by all accounts at the time, it did really launch the careers of almost everyone involved, especially Boyle and McGregor who have both enjoyed massive success ever since the film came out.
The original Trainspotting was released in July of 1996 and only made a reported $16 million dollars domestically. But the film was made for a pretty low budget and found a massive cult following and a lot of critical praise ever since, which is what ultimately led to the sequel getting a green-light. Trainspotting 2 is set for a January 27, 2017 release in the U.K. with a U.S. release on February 3. Be sure to check out the set photos below and be on the lookout for more T2 news as it surfaces.
Trainspotting 2 filming at the Scottish Parliament. Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller on set. pic.twitter.com/YlYKz5ydIt— Katielee Arrowsmith (@KtLeeArrowsmith) June 4, 2016