A Trainspotting Sequel Is Happening

Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle are on board for a follow-up to the beloved 1996 film.
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Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle are on board for a follow-up to the beloved 1996 film.
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Please, just no more dead babies. Please.

At the Telluride Film festival, British director Danny Boyle announced that his next film would be the long-awaited sequel to his 1996 dark drug caper Trainspotting, based on the Irvine Welsh novel. Welsh's follow-up to Trainspotting, Porno, would be the source material for Trainspotting 2. 

“All the four main actors want to come back and do it,” Boyle told Deadline. “Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.”

Boyle was at Telluride to screen his not-quite-finished Steve Jobs biopic, starring Michael Fassbender. Trainspotting stars Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle, the latter of whom is currently working on the ABC fantasy drama Once Upon a Time, had both previously indicated they were on board for a sequel: McGregor told the Guardian this summer that he was “up for” a second go-round, and Carlyle told Shortlist in June that a sequel was “closer than it's ever been:"

“Danny always said he wants us all to be 20 years older because the book is set 20 years later. One of the difficulties of just adapting Porno is that so much of it is to do with internet porn, which has moved on a lot since the book was written — or so I understand — so it would require a hefty rewrite. It’s also difficult getting all our ships aligned at the same time,” Carlyle said, adding, “Where are these guys 20 years later? Where are any of us? If this film gets made all the actors are going to be middle-aged — or in my case, at 54, more than middle-aged — as will the audience.”

When asked where his character, Begbie, would be two decades from where Trainspotting left off, he said, “Oh, jail. Jail or dead.”