Just over 21 years since we last saw them on the big screen, Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie are set to return. As played by Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle, they are, of course, the core cast of Trainspotting. And they’re back on screen in T2: Trainspotting, from original director Danny Boyle.
The gang really is all back together, too. An Irvine Welsh novel – Porno, in this case – has provided the basis of the story, and it’s been adapted by John Hodge, who picked up an Oscar nomination for the first movie.
What’s more, following the premiere of the film, chatter has picked up about a potential Trainspotting 3. Robert Carlyle, chatting to The Daily Mirror, said that “we always felt that we would do it, but as he years went by, you thought, ‘is this ever really going to happen?’”
“Danny was always determined we were going to be 20 years older before he was going to shoot it. There is something quite emotional about that. He’s capable of feeling something more than just rage, so I am pleased that that element of Begbie has been shown. Maybe that sets up another film in fact because Irvine Welsh has written The Blade Artist. We’ve been talking about that, I am up for doing it. So maybe we ain’t seen the end of Begbie just yet.”
Maybe not. We don’t know too much about The Blade Artist yet, short of the fact that it’s the fourth Trainspotting book (with Skagboys a prequel story), and one that focuses more on Begbie. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more about the potential for a third Trainspotting film, though…