Danny Boyle is returning for the sequel, along with actors Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle
The long-awaited Trainspotting sequel will start shooting in May, Ewan McGregor has confirmed.
Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle are all joining McGregor in the sequel, which is once again being directed by Danny Boyle from a script by John Hodge.
Author Irvine Welsh recently revealed that the sequel will see his much-loved characters Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud find a “very innovative” way to get involved in vice – a term generally used to refer to prostitution, pornography or drugs.
“We haven’t started yet, we start shooting at the end of May,” McGregor told Collider when asked for an update on Trainspotting 2.
“The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good,” McGregor added. “I think, if that had not happened, none of us would be into it. I think we’re all sort of somewhat protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us.”
“None of us want to make a poor sequel to it,” the actor continued. “So had we not been presented with the most extraordinary script, which we were, I think we wouldn’t be making the sequel. But because we were, we are.”
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The sequel will be based on Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno but will not be exactly the same, the author has explained. “We’ve had to evolve past that, because the actors would have been ten years older when Porno came out, and now they’re 20 years older. It has to take into account that reality,” the author said recently.
Boyle admitted last year that the prospect of making Trainspotting 2 is “worrying” because, as director, he will get “absolutely crucified” if it is a bad film.