It's official! The Trainspotting sequel production is currently underway over in Scotland and we have our very first look of Ewan McGregor (Star Wars prequel trilogy) reprising his role as the titular character Renton, Jonny Lee Miller (Elementary) as Sick Boy and the return of Danny Boyle (Steve Jobs) in the director's chair.
Normally I would be completely against a sequel to a cult classic like Trainspotting but I believe this is one of those rare occasions when an exception can be made. First of all, the whole cast is coming back! which says a lot regarding the trust to the director and script. Second, the themes touched upon in the first movie can still be explored after all these years since in the first movie we saw the actions of these individuals and now, it could be possible to see the consequences of those actions.
Trainspotting was so relentless in the way it presented the drug abuse and the life style of youth back in the day, that 20 years later, still resonates with these modern times. Swap heroin addiction with the pursuit of social media relevance and you still can see the same effects of self destruction and instant gratification.
I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?
When the movie came out, Trainspotting was this scary spectacle full of music and style but at the same time exciting since the characters were portrayed with such care-free attitudes that you felt the need to experience their freedom.
At some point in our lives, we may have asked ourselves: "What do I do with my life?" and may have decided to experience it in a living-in-the-moment kind of way and enjoyed the heck out of it. That's what Trainspotting was all about and with the sequel we might ask ourselves an even scarier question: "After all these years, is this how my life was supposed to be?"
The film also stars returning actors Ewen Bremner as Spud and Robert Carlyle as Begbie and is slated for release in the UK on January 27, 2017.
If you are not familiar with Trainspotting, here's the trailer so you can have a little taste of this amazing movie. Enjoy!
Are you looking forward to Trainspotting 2?
Sources: Collider, pictures by Edinburgh photographer @KtLeeArrowsmith via DailyMail.co.uk