‘Trainspotting 2’: Renton and Sick Boy Return in First Set Photos

     June 6, 2016

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It’s happening, folks. Filming on Trainspotting 2 is finally underway, 20 years after Danny Boyle’s original exploded into cinemas and brought author Irvine Welsh’s world to vivid life—toilets and all. Talk of a sequel has been around for years, with a bit of a falling out between Boyle and star Ewan McGregor over The Beach casting (Boyle gave the role to Leonardo DiCaprio over McGregor) complicating matters further. But time heals all wounds, as they say, and everyone seemed genuinely eager to reunite for Trainspotting 2 in recent years, with plans finally materializing last year after the schedules of the very busy lead actors were worked out—particular Jonny Lee Miller, who stars on CBS’ Sherlock Holmes series Elementary.

And now, as Trainspotting 2 production is underway in the U.K., the first set photos have arrived to show us McGregor’s Renton and Jonny Lee Miller’s Sick Boy back in all their glory. It’s not much, admittedly, but the simple sight of seeing these actors reprising these roles is enough to please fans of Boyle’s groundbreaking original film, which mixed dark humor and ambitious visuals to chronicle a group of heroin addicts in the late 1980s.


Trainspotting 2 is based on Welsh’s follow-up novel Porno, with a script by John Hodge, but it’s unclear how closely the story will hew to that book, which uses the pornography business as the backdrop for the characters instead of the heroin world. But honestly, I have full faith that Boyle and Co. have come up with a worthwhile story here, and I’m just excited as all get-out to see these guys back up on the screen together once more.

Check out the Trainspotting 2 set photos in the tweets below. The film also stars Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle and is slated for release in the U.K. on January 27, 2017.

 

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