Film 4 and TriStar Pictures have released the first official look at Trainspotting 2 – the eagerly-anticipated sequel to hard-hitting black comedy Trainspotting – complete with orange-block backgrounds and hash-tagged names.
As expected - it is a teaser after all - the clip gives nothing away when it comes to the plot but it does show the original foursome together again.
Reminiscent of the release date announcement video – released back in May – the seconds-long clip features original characters Daniel 'Spud' Murphy (Ewen Bremner), Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor), Simon 'Sick Boy' Williamson and Francis Begbie. Seen standing on what appears as a station platform as a train rattles past, the last carriage goes by and the camera pans in to reveal the gang's less-than-happy faces, just as Iggy Pop's Lust For Life starts playing. Nostalgia is, evidently, very much a part of this film's return to the big screen.
Released back in 1996 but set in the 1980s, Trainspotting focused on McGregor's Renton and his desperate attempt to kick his heroin habit despite the temptations around him, illustrating how the narcotic has affected his relationships with his friends and his young girlfriend Diane.
The material for a follow-up film has existed since 2002, when novelist Irvine Welsh published a sequel to his original novel upon which the first film was based. Entitled Porno, the story is set 10 years following the events in the movie. Featuring all of the main characters, it details how the gang reunite but with pornography serving as a thread this time round, rather than drug use. While it's not confirmed that the film will be based on the sequel novel, it is likely that John Hodge's latest script will at least contain elements of the literature.
T2: Trainspotting 2 is currently scheduled to reach UK cinemas on 27 January 2017. It will be released in the US a little later, on 10 February.
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