All original ‘Trainspotting’ cast members confirmed to return for sequel ahead of 2017 release

Eagerly anticipated title has been picked up by Sony

The long-awaited Trainspotting sequel will be filmed in late Spring 2016 with a view to a 2017 release, it has been confirmed.

Deadline reports that Sony’s TriStar Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the film. Director Danny Boyle and screenwriter John Hodge return alongside all of the original title’s principal cast — Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle. Filming begins in late spring 2016 with an eye to hitting cinemas in 2017.

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Danny Boyle recently admitted that the prospect of making Trainspotting 2 is “worrying” because, as director, he will get “absolutely crucified” if it is a bad film.

Giving an update on the sequel at the London premiere of his latest film, Steve Jobs in October, Boyle was quoted as saying: “We’re going up to Scotland very early and we’re going to do a week’s workshop up in Edinburgh working on the script. And we’re filming in May and June of next year.”

“Obviously it’s worrying because people will kill us if we made a bad job of it. I will get absolutely crucified,” he added. “But you have to thrive on that potential danger within it and if it feeds into it, you might get a decent film out of it, you know.”

Boyle also reassured fans that he is aiming to have the sequel ready in time for Trainspotting‘s 20th anniversary next year, saying: “Hopefully we can get it finished in time to release it in 2016 which is the 20th anniversary year. So yes, we’re on it, and it’s looking good.”

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