'Trainspotting' Sequel Confirmed By Danny Boyle; Here's What The Four Stars Have Been Up To
While promoting his latest film Steve Jobs at the Telluride Film Festival, director Danny Boyle revealed a Trainspotting sequel as his next project. While the follow-up to the 1996 indie classic has been teased before, Boyle says it's now only a matter of finding time to shoot. Irvine Walsh, who wrote the original book Trainspotting, wrote a sequel called Porno in 2002, and there is apparently already a screenplay from the original award-winning screenwriter John Hodge.
For those who haven't seen it, Trainspotting follows heroin addicts in Edinburgh, Scotland. The dark comedy features extensive drug use, crime, violence, slang, and accents, and it was praised for its rawness upon its controversial release. All the film's four main actors are on board to return to the film that was for most of them their jumping off point. While they have all found successes as actors, it was Ewan McGregor who rose to stardom after his role in the film. McGregor has been vocal about wanting to continue the story of four wayward Scottish youths, though they aren't so youthful anymore. Boyle himself has won an Oscar in the time since the movie came out, so this sequel should be a great way to see how these great talents have matured. Here's what the film's leads have been up to since the film came out.
Ewen, who played Daniel "Spud" Murphy in Trainspotting, has since appeared in the blockbusters Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down, as well as quirkier classics like Death at a Funeral and Snowpiercer.
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Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson has since found success on stage and on big and small screens. He is best known for starring as Sherlock Holmes in Elementary on CBS.
Carlyle, who played the psychopathic Begbie, has made a career of playing creepy, but charismatic villains. He's played Hitler and a Bond villain, but he might be best known for playing Rumplestiltskin on Once Upon a Time.
McGregor quickly became a household name after Trainspotting, appearing as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels, singing in Moulin Rouge!, and frequently returning to the stage.
It will be exciting to see these actors come together again, even if they've lost their roguish youth. Prepare yourselves to be disturbed in a good way once again.