As of this writing, it has been exactly 20 years since iconic British director Danny Boyle made his mark in cinema with his second feature film, Trainspotting (1996), the go-to black comedy that makes you laugh, cry and shit yourself in fear of drugs and all their effects.
Trainspotting remains as one of the most influential British movies ever made and its story of four Scottish friends and their reckless youth still resonates with anyone who had similar sentiments when it came to adolescence. Two long decades later, the much talked about sequel is finally nearing completion and the first teaser trailer, which is also set to the tune of Iggy Pop's "Lust for Life," can be viewed below:
Like many promised sequels, T2: Trainspotting 2 almost never happened after Danny Boyle and Ewan McGregor got into a heated disagreement after the director gave Ewan McGregor the impression that he would be get the leading role in The Beach (2000), a film that would go on to star Leonardo DiCaprio instead. After ten years of giving each other the cold shoulder, the two finally ironed things out and buried the hatchet, with T2: Trainspotting 2 being their first work together in more than a decade.
The Pornographic Sequel
There are currently no known plot details outside of the fact that the sequel will be based on Porno, the novel by Irvine Welsh (who is also set to appear in T2: Trainspotting 2) that is a direct sequel to his book that was the main basis for Trainspotting.
Porno originally followed Renton and Sick Boy who, ten years after the events of the original story, get together to work their life issues out while shooting a pornographic movie. Considering Trainspotting's cynical sense of humor and punk mentality, it wouldn't be much of a surprise to see T2: Trainspotting 2 follow those footsteps or even outdo Trainspotting when it comes to the shock value and the insanity of the core cast's reunion.
The Boys Are Back
The excitement behind the Trainspotting sequel is not limited to its mere existence but it's owed to the return of the first movie's central cast. T2: Trainspotting 2 will see the return of Spud (Ewen Bremner), Renton (Ewan McGregor), Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) and Begbie (Robert Carlyle), who are all played by their original actors who have aged with their characters. The most notable absence, though, is Diane (Kelly Macdonald) but seeing as the film is set in an unconfirmed number of years later, there will most likely be an explanation for Renton's girlfriend not returning.
Trainspotting ended with the gang going their separate ways, where Renton finally matured, Spud and Sick Boy go on to start new lives on their own terms while Begbie most probably got thrown in jail after trashing a hotel room in a fit of rage. Since Trainspotting tackled and subsequently deconstructed youthful rebellion and abandon, T2: Trainspotting 2 may be gearing up to take on the emptiness of adulthood, "choosing life," and basically trading a lifetime of dangerous excitement for one of boring stability. With its cynical take on life still in place, a premise most probably focused on the desire for a lost youth while in the midst of a midlife crisis sounds like the perfect follow up to the drug-induced adrenaline of the first Trainspotting.
The stories laid out in Trainspotting are far from over and the continuation is long overdue, but come January 2017, audiences will finally get to see the next chapter and maybe the possible conclusion for the manic adventures of Renton and friends.
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