The Four ‘Trainspotting’ Leads Are Likely Returning for the Sequel


Murmurings about a Trainspotting sequel had already been making the rounds for years — with actor Robert Carlyle saying, for example, that he would “would jump through hoops of fire backwards for Danny Boyle… [and do the sequel] tomorrow for nothing.” But Deadline managed to question director Danny Boyle at a Telluride after-party this weekend and get some more definitive answers about the project. Boyle told them that, in fact, it’s the next thing he’ll be working on.

Also excitingly, he’s said “all the four main actors want to come back to do it” — referring to Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series,” he said, referencing Carlyle’s commitment to Once Upon a Time and Miller’s starring role on Elementary.

Currently, the film is being called — perhaps just as a placeholder — Trainspotting 2. Like the original, it’s adapted by John Hodge from an Irvine Welsh novel — now it’s Welsh’s Trainspotting sequel, Porno, that’s being used as source material. (Which is, unquestionably, a more enticing name than Trainspotting 2).

It is of course unclear how closely it’ll stick to the events of the book, which take place 10 years after the original — though it’s been 20 years since the Trainspotting film.