Ewan McGregor: ‘I’m up for making a ‘Trainspotting’ sequel’

June 22, 2015

Ewan McGregor has said he’s be into making a sequel to Trainspotting, but admitted that there are no firm plans in place yet.

In March 2013 director Danny Boyle said he’s aiming to have Trainspotting 2 ready for 2016: exactly 20 years since the release of his classic black comedy starring McGregor, which was adapted from the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh. Speaking at the time, Boyle also revealed that his follow-up is “very loosely based” on Porno, Welsh’s own sequel to Trainspotting, and confirmed that original Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge is working on the script.

Speaking at the Edinburgh Film Festival over the weekend, McGregor gave an update on the Trainspotting follow-up: “I would be up for it,” he told reporters. “I’ve said that to Danny. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don’t if it’s happening yet. I’ve not seen a script and I don’t know if there is one. It’s been a long, long time.”

In the past, McGregor had always been dead against the idea of a Trainspotting sequel, but in recent years the actor has come round to the idea. “I just think I’ve changed my opinion about it,” he explained at the Edinburgh Film Festival. “We’ve all moved on and there is a lot of water under the bridge now. I miss working with Danny, I did some of my best work with him and he’s one of my favourite directors I’ve worked with. There was some bad blood and ill feeling, but that’s all gone now. I think it might be extraordinary to see a sequel 20 years after the original.”