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What the trailer tells us about ‘Trainspotting 2’

By Time Out Film

It's been 21 years in the making, but the 'Trainspotting' sequel will finally be released in January. The first full-length trailer for Danny Boyle's film has been released, with Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie all back. Here's what it tells us.

1. Renton's been gone a while 

Remember the ending of 'Trainspotting', when Renton (Ewan McGregor) stole the drugs money and ran? It doesn't look like he's been back to Edinburgh since then. At the start of the trailer, Renton walks into a pub in Edinburgh. Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller), who's playing pool, looks up and says: 'Hello. So what have you been up to for 20 years?' We don't find out the answer, but later in the trailer Renton is wearing some expensive-looking knitwear, so it looks like he's done okay for himself.  

2. Kelly Macdonald is back!

When Danny Boyle announced the 'Trainspotting' sequel would reunite Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and Begbie, the one thing we were gutted about was that Kelly Macdonald would not be back as Diane, the teenager who pulled Renton in a club in the original. But look who pops up in the trailer! There she is, dressed in a smart business lady suit (is she a bank manager?), asking Renton: 'Do you still take heroin?' 

3. It's going to be bang up to date

Remember Renton's 'Choose life' passage from the original? It's back, only with some very 2016 updates. 'Choose life. Choose reality TV. Choose slut shaming, revenge porn. Choose a zero-hour contract and choose the same for your kids, only worse.' So while the film is loosely inspired by Irvine Welsh's 'Trainspotting' sequel 'Porno', it looks like 'T2' will have some things to say about the gig economy and austerity Britain.

Talking to Vice in March, Welsh said the film would be 'telling a story about Edinburgh as it currently is. The main element to the story is basically Renton, Begbie, Sick Boy and Spud getting back together again, and it tells the story of them getting involved in the vice industry.'

4. Begbie still has anger management issues  

Time has done nothing to mellow the hardest man in Edinburgh. Robert Carlyle's violent psycho Begbie is back and he's madder than ever. So it doesn't look like 'T2' is following the storyline of Irvine Welsh's book 'The Blade Artist', which opens with Begbie reformed and living as a successful sculptor in California.

5. Everyone's 20 years older, but it doesn't look like they are any wiser

The trailer shows us the inside of a prison, someone growing cannabis, a druggy-looking rave, what looks like a porn film set, police sirens and Sick Boy on the run from the cops. So it's fair to say no one did take the advice: 'Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a fucking big television.' 

Watch the 'T2: Trainspotting' trailer 

'T2: Trainspotting' is out January 27.  


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