Trainspotting 2 is officially underway. The long-awaited sequel, officially entitled T2, has recently started filming overseas and fans are slowly started to learn more details about what to expect from the project. Here’s everything that we know about the upcoming movie so far.
[Update 11/3/16:] The first trailer can be seen below.
1. The returning stars
Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, and Jonny Lee Miller are all expected to reprise their roles as Mark “Rent Boy” Renton, Daniel “Spud” Murphy, and Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson, respectively. Original cast members Robert Carlyle is also set to return as Francis “Franco” Begbie in Trainspotting 2.
2. The creative team
The upcoming sequel will bring back much of the same team behind the original movie, including director Danny Boyle and writer John Hodge. Boyle will also serve as a producer on Trainspotting 2 alongside original producer Andrew Macdonald, Bernard Bellew (Tomorrowland, Steve Jobs), and Christian Colson (Slumdog Millionaire).
3. It’s set 20 years after the 1996 movie
Just as the original was based on Irvine Welsh’s book of the same name, the sequel will be loosely adapted from Welsh’s 2002 follow-up novel, Porno. The movie will find the characters crossing path again later in life, although specific details about the plot are being kept under tight wraps.
“It’s like 20 years later, and it’s the same actors. You know, it’s 20 years later in a friendship,” Boyle described of the film last fall. “Irvine Welsh is involved as one of the partners on the film. We’ve set up a partnership amongst us all and he’s one of the partners. The idea of them coming back together again, in the book it’s 10 years and in ours it’s 20, and it’s very different. It will be called an adaptation, but it won’t be called Porno.”
Hodge completed the script earlier this year, as McGregor told Collider back in March. “The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good,” he said at the time. “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. None of us want to make a poor sequel to it. So had we not been presented with the most extraordinary script, which we were, I think we wouldn’t be making the sequel. But because we were, we are.”
4. What we’ve seen so far
The first teaser trailer for Trainspotting 2 was released in May, featuring some memorable moments from the original film and a voiceover from McGregor. While there’s no actual footage from the sequel, the trailer confirms the long-rumored return of the original cast, as well as the movie’s official title, T2.
[Update 7/25/16: The first teaser for the sequel has just been released, as seen below.]
5. The premiere date
The movie began filming in Scotland on May 17 and is expected to premiere stateside on February 3, 2017 in select theaters, with a wide release on February 10, 2017. Sony reportedly planned the release to mark the 21st anniversary of the original film.