It looks like our long-awaited sequel to Trainspotting might finally happen!
We reported back in march that director Danny Boyle was serious about his plans to adapt Irvine Welsh’s novel Porno, which is the sequel to the novel on which Trainspotting was based. The goal would be to have it on the big screen in 2016, the 20th anniversary of the original film’s release (in spite of the fact that Porno takes place only a decade after the events of Trainspotting).
Ewan McGregor, the star of the film, had this to say on Time Out’s website: “It’s funny – Irvine Welsh’s novel, Porno, is set 10 years after Trainspotting, but I wasn’t ready to do it then, for lots of reasons….But now there’s talk of it happening in a few years’ time, and I’m totally up for it. I’d be so chuffed to be back on set with everybody and I think it would be an extraordinary experience.”
As we all know, McGregor and Boyle had a bit of a falling out (which is a massive understatement) when Leo DiCaprio was given the role Boyle promised McGregor in the film The Beach
. The two went years without speaking to one another, and it’s only very recently that the rift between them seems to have started to mend. Ewan McGregor starred in Boyle’s first three films, and the director himself regrets the decision to overlook McGregor in favor of the extremely popular DiCaprio: “You think you’re moving up, it’s the illusion that you think you’re moving up, therefore you’re going to need a bigger star to sell the movie. You learn to stick with your roots.”
Should the film adaptation of Porno
finally come to fruition, it would be expected that Robert Carlyle, Ewan Bremner, Johnny Lee Miller, and Kelly Macdonald would return to reprise their roles, which are featured in the novel. Johnny Lee Miller is currently playing Sherlock Holmes in the hit CBS series Elementary
, and Kelly Macdonald has become well-known for her portrayal of Margaret Schroeder on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire
(she also voiced Merida in Disney’s Brave
). This fall viewers can also look forward to seeing Ewan McGregor amongst the star-studded cast of the film adaptation of Tracy Letts’ play August: Osage County
We’re keeping our fingers crossed that everything falls into place for this long-awaited sequel!