Yesterday was a big day for fans of the 1996 classic Trainspotting, with Sony Pictures releasing a brief trailer to commemorate the start of principal photography. Now that production is under way, the studio has made another announcement, revealing that this sequel will debut domestically in limited release on February 3, 2017, before expanding into wide release on February 10, 2017. This release date currently has three highly-anticipated sequels circling its perimeter, so we'll have to wait and see how Trainspotting 2 fares at the box office.
Entertainment Weekly broke the news of this release, which should fare well in its limited opening frame, with only one other movie, Paramount's Same Kind of Different As Me hitting theaters that weekend. On February 10, though, the movie will be going up against Universal's Fifty Shades Darker, Warner Bros.' spinoff The LEGO Batman Movie and Lionsgate's John Wick: Chapter 2. The next weekend, it will also go up against four more high-profile movies, with Sony's own The Dark Tower adaptation, 20th Century Fox's The Maze Runner: The Death Cure, Warner Bros.' comedy Fist Fight and Universal's The Great Wall opening on February 17.
Trainspotting 2 brings back the original Trainspotting cast, including Ewan McGregor as Renton, Ewen Bremner as Spud, Johnny Lee Miller as Sick Boy and Robert Carlyle as Begbie. Kelly MacDonald is also reprising her role as Diane, while Kevin McKidd is the only cast member from Trainspotting who won't be back for the sequel since his character Tommy passed away in the first movie. The sequel will follow the plot of Irvine Welsh's 2002 sequel novel Porno, although the production will not retain that title.
The story finds the four main characters who cross paths together in the pornography industry. The book follows Sick Boy, who returns to Edinburgh with plans to make a porn movie with the help of his friend Renton. But Begbie is hellbent on seeking revenge against the two after being released from prison. And Spud gets wrapped up in the whole mess, playing both sides. We don't know for sure how closely the movie sequel will stick closely to the novel's plot.
Danny Boyle is directing Trainspotting 2, which has been referred to as T2, working from a screenplay adaptation by original Trainspotting writer John Hodge, based on Irvine Welsh's book. No supporting cast members have been revealed at this time, but now that production is under way, hopefully we'll start to get more casting updates in the near future. It isn't known how long shooting is expected to last on Trainspotting 2, so stay tuned.