What happened after Renton chose life?
A new featurette has revealed what Ewan McGregor’s Mark ‘Rent Boy’ Renton has been up to between the original film and next year’s Trainspotting 2.
Trainspotting 2 – officially billed as T2 Trainspotting – sees the original cast of the 1996 movie, including stars Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle, team up again with director Danny Boyle. It will be released on January 27, 2017 in the UK and February 3 in the US.
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh spoke to NME about the upcoming sequel. He said of the new movie: “It has managed to take the most dynamic elements of the [Trainspotting] book and Porno [Trainspotting sequel book, on which T2 is partially based] but also look forward to how it can be contemporary and present day… In some ways, I think it’s a better movie [than Trainspotting]… They have become such iconic characters and this is going to cement that status even more.”
After getting his £16,000, McGregor reveals that Renton “went to Holland with the cash, and has lived there since”, adding that he “has never, ever been home”.
Renton has also replaced his heroin addiction with an addiction to endorphins and has become a runner, but he naturally has “a lot of baggage and a lot of guilt” when he returns to Scotland in the sequel.
“He’s so broken when he comes back, he’s really in a state,” the star adds. “That’s why he’s back, because these are the only people that really know him or that he knows.”
He continued: “It’s not really what the audience expects Renton to be.”
T2 Trainspotting 2 is released on January 27, 2017.