Shooting began on Trainspotting 2 back in March, but it hasn't been until today that we've had any proof that production is up and running. Both video and photos have arrived from the set thanks to Twitter, and they show that Ewen Bremner is back as Spud. He doesn't look much different from his time spent in the original Trainspotting released way back in 1996. He will be joined in the movie by the rest of the original surviving cast, including Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle.
Also returning is director Danny Boyle, who can be seen in some of the first photos from the set. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the original Trainspotting. The sequel is currently shooting in both Leith and Gorgie, Scotland, where these images were snapped. One of the photos appears to show Spud begging on the street, and he still has his signature yellow glasses hanging off his face. Apparently, the actor had no trouble slipping back into character.
Also returning for this sequel is Kelly MacDonald, who will reprise her role as Diane. Kevin McKidd is the only cast member from Trainspotting who won't be back in front of the camera. And for good reason. His character Tommy passed away in the first movie. The screenplay for Trainspotting 2 is based on author Irvine Welsh's follow-up novel to Trainspotting titled Porno. But Boyle has decided against using that as the title of his sequel for good reason. The movie will be a loose adaptation of the source material. But a different title will also clear up any confusion for those searching the movie on the Internet.
In Porno, Sick Boy, played by Miller, returns to Edinburgh with plans to make a porn movie with the help of his friend Renton, played by Ewan McGregor. But Robert Carlyle's 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. It isn't known how much this new story will deviate from the book, or how differently things will play out in the end.
It's been almost a full month since the movie begin shooting, and these are the first images we're seeing. So we don't know how accessible the set actually is, or if we'll see the rest of the cast before the inevitable press materials start to flood in. There's no telling when we might actually get to see a trailer for Trainspotting 2. The sequel arrives in 2017, but it doesn't have a set release date at this time. Until we get to see the rest of the cast in costume, check out Ewen Bremner as he settles back into these very comfortable shoes. This could be the rare sequel that's better than the original.