Jamie Harsip Staff Writer
It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like Danny Boyle might finally have a foothold on the proposed sequel to Trainspotting. The 1996 film helped launch Boyle’s career, as well as Ewan McGregor’s. McGregor played Renton, a drug addict from Edinburgh who tries to clean up his act, despite the allure of the lifestyle and the influence of his friends. Trainspotting is currently available to watch on Netflix Instant.
Rumors and plans of a sequel have been floating around for years, but Danny Boyle seems confident that now is the time that it just might just happen. He told The Playlist “There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2, if John [Hodge] can produce a decent enough script, I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan [McGregor] or any of the cast coming back. I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down.”
It’s important to note Boyle’s confidence that McGregor will be on board. Could this mean that their more-than-a-decade-long feud has come to an end? Their beef started when Boyle promised McGregor the lead role in his 2000 blockbuster hit The Beach – but decided to give the role to Leonardo DiCaprio instead. In 2011 McGregor told Britain’s magazine The Times “You just don’t treat your friends like that. They absolutely made me think that I was playing the character in The Beach and we talked about (filming) dates and moving dates and so on, and all the while they were keeping me there just in case Leonardo pulled out - which is really nasty.” It’s also worth noting that in the same interview McGregor said “I shouldn’t really talk about this, but they wanted me to do… Porno [Irvine Welsh’s follow-up to his novel “Trainspotting”]. So I got a semi-apology: ‘Feel like we didn’t handle that very well… anyway, would you like to do Porno?’” That doesn’t sound too promising, but a lot can happen in two years, right?
Speaking of Trainspotting cast members, when asked via Twitter what his thoughts on the sequel were, Kevin McKidd’s (Grey’s Anatomy) response was “cool!” McKidd played Tommy in the film, and unfortunately there’s not going to be a reprise of the role for him (if you’ve seen the film, you know why). No word yet on what any of the other cast members have to say on the possibility of a sequel.