Nearly 20 years ago, “Trainspotting” took over Hollywood, declaring the lust for life of a bunch of Edinburgh addicts — and launching the careers of Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and director Danny Boyle. Now, a long-awaited sequel is on the way, and Carlyle is giving the script his highest praise.
“You’re going to think, ‘Of course he’s going to say this,’” admits the actor, who plays the hot-tempered Begbie in the series. “But honestly, it’s one of the best scripts I’ve f***ing read. I mean, ever.”
After years of being asked, “Slumdog Millionaire” Oscar-winner Boyle finally agreed to make a sequel to his early film. He and original writer John Hodge wrote the script, which is loosely based on “Porno,” author Irvine Welsh’s follow-up to his “Trainspotting” novel. With principal photography expected to begin next summer, Carlyle spilled the beans on some key plot points.
“Obviously these four characters are 20 years older now,” he explains to Variety. “I’ve never seen a sequel that takes place 20 years after the original, so I think that gives it a certain unique quality.”
“The way John Hodge has put this thing down, obviously with the help of Danny Boyle, is to make it about how the characters’ lives have moved on … or have they?” he adds.
“Without giving anything away, maybe some of them haven’t really moved on,” says the 54-year-old actor, who has in the years since starred in “The World is Not Enough” and ABC series “Once Upon a Time.” “That’s what the audience is going to have to go through with them.”
Boyle, who most recently directed the critically-acclaimed “Steve Jobs” movie, plans to make “Trainspotting 2” his next effort. In addition to Carlyle, Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and the rest of the original cast are expected to return.
“I tell you, this film is going to be quite emotional for people,” promises Carlyle. “Because the film sort of tells you to think about yourself. You are going to be thinking: ‘F***, what have I done with my life?’”