Twenty years after the release of Trainspotting, filming continues on T2, the highly anticipated and long awaited sequel. In 1996, Danny Boyle’s hard-hitting movie with a heart, centered on heroin addict Mark Renton and his friends, quickly became a cult classic, delivering lines and scenes that have now become iconic. The movie made fully-fledged stars out of its cast: Ewan McGregor as Renton, Ewen Bremner as Spud, Johnny Lee Miller as Sick Boy, and Robert Carlyle as Begbie, all of whom return for T2 under the direction of Boyle.
Scheduled for release in early 2017, not much is known about the plot of T2, except that it is thought to be loosely based on Irvine Welsh’s follow-up novel to Trainspotting, Porno, in which Sick Boy returns to Edinburgh wanting Renton’s help to make a porn movie. It is not clear exactly how much of Welsh’s novel has made it into screenwriter John Hodge’s final script, but McGregor has praised Hodge’s work, calling it ‘extraordinary’ and adding that if it hadn’t been good, none of the original cast or crew would have wanted to make the sequel, given how protective they are of what Trainspotting means to so many people – themselves included.
Clearly mindful of that, new photos from location filming in Edinburgh’s Princes Street have emerged, which hints at Boyle giving a nod to Trainspotting and one of its most recognized scenes. The new photos (via Digital Spy), show McGregor and Bremner in character as Renton and Spud as they tear down the street together, reminiscent of the scene that was shot twenty years prior.
The original scene, as many will remember, featured the now iconic “Choose Life” voiceover from McGregor as the pair drop stolen goods trying to escape the security guards that are in hot pursuit. This time around, there are no other actors to be seen in the shots, but as Renton, McGregor is seen glancing over his shoulder. It is understood the scene was shot in an Urban Outfitters store which had been redesigned as an Apple store for the occasion, so the possibility that Renton and Spud have been shoplifting again is quite high. Parts of Edinburgh were closed for the filming while onlookers gathered to watch. Given that twenty years have passed, the pair still look pretty impressive running at full speed.
Boyle knows he needs to pitch this sequel just right; appealing to long-time fans of Trainspotting while still delivering something fresh that will entice new viewers as well. Time has passed, so it’s likely that the characters we remember will have matured somewhat, even if they’re not very good at making an honest go of things. For Begbie (Carlyle), newly released from prison, the world will be a very different place. Even so, these photos, combined with previous pictures, show that the Trainspotting originals are still the same at heart. The question is; did any of them choose life?
T2 opens in U.K. theaters on January 27th, 2017 and in U.S. theaters for a limited theatrical release on February 3rd, 2017, before it goes into wide release a week later.
Source: Digital Spy