Irvine Welsh has some fascinating revelations about the Trainspotting sequel 6 years ago

Irvine Welsh has some fascinating revelations about the Trainspotting sequel

Choose a sequel.

Danny Boyle has already admitted that he's sh*tting himself about the hugely anticipated sequel to Trainspotting. It is, after all, one of the most iconic British films of its generation.


Exact details on the film have been fairly sparse so far, and there has been nothing in the way of a release date, but author Irvine Welsh has recently been filling in a few blanks with regards to what we can expect.

We already knew that Trainspotting 2 will see Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud getting back together, 2o years after events of the original. That much was clarified by Welsh in an interview with Vice, where he also explained how it takes inspiration from Porno, the literary sequel to Trainspotting. 


"John [Hodge] has delivered this knockout script, which is absolutely fantastic. It's based on Porno, but it's also evolved. We've had to evolve past that, because the actors would have been ten years older when Porno came out, and now they're 20 years older. It has to take into account that reality. It's very much telling a story about Edinburgh as it currently is."

Welsh also said that one of the things he finds most intriguing about the project is how it will be received by new, younger audiences who weren't around at the time of the original.

"I think it's going to be excellent. The thing that's going to be interesting is seeing how the young kids in the multiplex cinemas get on with it now, because they're older guys – it's not going to be a youth movie like Trainspotting was. It could be like watching your uncle dance at a wedding. Hopefully it will be fun and crazy enough."


Vice also got Ewan McGregor's take on the film ahead of the commencement of production in April. He will be reprising his role as Renton and said it was essential that the movie felt right to make.

"It's going to be incredible. It's a very beautiful, brilliant script – and it needed to be; I don't think any of us would have wanted to be involved in something that wasn't going to live up to the first film. That's the danger with any sequel, but especially this one and after such a long period of time."

We cannot wait.