Sequel is possibility

Ewan McGregor: Trainspotting 2 ‘might happen’

Ewan McGregorActor Ewan McGregor has dropped the strongest hints yet that a sequel to Trainspotting could be on its way.

The Scot said the bad feelings between himself and director Danny Boyle, which peaked over his being overlooked for the starring role in The Beach, had lifted. He could now see the cast and crew being reunited for a follow up to the controversial 1990s hit filmed largely in Edinburgh.

McGregor, who was speaking at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, was full of praise for Boyle who gave the Crieff-born actor his big-screen debut in Shallow Grave.

“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,” he told broadcaster Edith Bowman. “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.”

Speaking separately to a radio interviewer about a possible sequel to Trainspotting, he said: “There has been talk since the last one. I think it might happen. We’ll see,”

The 1996 film was an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s best-seller about a group of drug-addicted friends. Rumours of a sequel emerged again in May after McGregor changed his Twitter profile picture to a snap of him on the film set.

He said recently: “The idea is that we shoot it in 2016, which would be 20 years after the original came out. And I’d be up for it. I wouldn’t have been 10 years ago, but I am now.”

Since making his name as Renton in the film, he has appeared in a number of blockbusters including Moulin Rouge and Star Wars.

He now lives in New York with his wife of 19 years Eve Mavrakis and their four children.

In his latest movie, Last Days in the Desert, McGregor is playing Christ and admitted he was prepared for any adverse reaction.

“There was nothing in the film that offended me. I played him with great respect, I hope. I really tried to play the Jesus who people think of as being God’s son. I tried to make it really simple and clear,” he said.


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