Danny Boyle: Trainspotting sequel will happen, 20 years later

Danny Boyle confirms his next project: a Trainspotting sequel that would include the original cast from 1996.

The director’s last movie, Steve Jobs, premiered this past weekend at Telluride Film Festival, during which Boyle told Deadline about the Trainspotting sequel that John Hodge has written. Hodge also penned the 1996 feature, which he was nominated to an Academy Award and won a BAFTA for in 1997. It was based on Irvine Welsh’s homonym novel and Trainspotting 2, the title Boyle referred to, is inspired by the author’s Porno, a follow-up to his original story.


“All the four main actors want to come back and do it. Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series”.


Those two actors cited as working on American tv shows are Jonny Lee Miller (Sherlock Holmes in Elementary) and Robert Carlyle (Once Upon a Time).

In 2007 Boyle stated that he wanted to wait at least until the actors were in their 40s to make the sequel. “I could make it now, but the problem is they all look the same. I want them to look ravaged by the passing of time,” he said. By then, Ewan McGregor wasn’t so keen on the idea of a sequel after reading the book and not finding it interesting enough. But years later he was asked about it once more, to what he responded: “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”.

The fourth lead that would be back for the Trainspotting sequel is Ewen Bremner, who we saw in Snatch (2000).

After 20 years since Trainspotting was released and became a hit, can the sequel rise up to the level? The jury is still out for us in Monkeys Fighting Robots, but is this good news to you?


Elisabeth S. Contreras
Elisabeth S. Contreras
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