Trainspotting 2 to start filming in May for 2016 release
The long-awaited sequel to Danny Boyle’s film is said to be ‘really, really good’.
Six months ago, Trainspotting fans got the news they had been waiting years for: Danny Boyle would be making a sequel, and with all of the original cast, to boot. But there was no specific time frame attached to the project, and seeing as the original film was released 20 years ago, Trainspotting 2 could have been a way off yet.
However, it looks like the sequel will be here sooner than some fans thought: shooting will begin in Glasgow in a few weeks, at the end of May, and the film is expected to be in cinemas later this year.
Ewan McGregor, who starred as heroin addict Mark Renton in the 1980s-Edinburgh-based film, recently gave an interview to Collider in which he said that “we start shooting at the end of May.”
McGregor’s claim backs up that of Boyle, who was pictured on the Humans of Edinburgh Facebook page in mid-March saying: “We’re up in Scotland filming Trainspotting 2 just now.”
However, Irvine Welsh, who wrote the Trainspotting novel that inspired the film as well as Porno, its sequel, recently said in a podcast that shooting couldn’t begin until at least 16 May.
McGregor added that the cast had only very recently received the script, written by original Trainspotting writer John Hodge:”The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good,” he told Collider.
“I think if that had not happened, none of us would be into it. I think we’re all sort of somewhat protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us.”
Robert Carlyle, who played fellow addict Begbie in the original film, praised the script at the end of last year after an early read-through, telling the NME: “it’s one of the best scripts I’ve f—— read.”