Danny Boyle confirms that all four leads want to return for Trainspotting sequel


Trainspotting director, Danny Boyle has confirmed that the long-awaited sequel to his 1996 drama is closer than ever to becoming a reality.

Speaking to Deadline in the midst of promoting his latest film, Steve Jobs, Boyle confirmed that all four original leads were up for returning. “All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” the director said. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together, which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.”

The latter actors – namely Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle – are currently contracted to star in the remaining seasons of US shows, Elementary and Once Upon A Time, respectively. Meanwhile, Ewan McGregor – who played main protagonist, Mark Renton in the original film – confirmed that he would be up for the sequel back in June. Ewen Brenner and Kelly McDonald are also expected to return.

Boyle went on to describe the film’s script (written by John Hodges and loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel, Porno) as “terrific”. The director also shared his hopes that the sequel would be his next film, should scheduling permit.

Watch the trailer for the original 1996 film below.


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