Danny Boyle planning Trainspotting sequel

Trance director says original cast of classic 1996 Britflick will return – but not until 2016

Danny Boyle, director of Slumdog Millionaire and new thriller Trance, says he plans to film a sequel to his breakthrough 1996 film Trainspotting, with the original cast – but not until the 20th anniversary of the film’s release.


Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge is on board for the project, which Boyle said will be “very loosely based on” Irvine Welsh’s novel Porno – the sequel to Welsh’s book Trainspotting.

“This has been a long time coming,” Boyle told The Playlist. “There’s always been this long term plan for Trainspotting 2. if John can produce a decent enough script, I don’t think there will be any barriers to Ewan [McGregor] or any of the cast coming back. I think they’ll wanna know that the parts are good so they don’t feel like they are letting anyone down.”

Trainspotting, set in 1980s Edinburgh and centring on a group of heroin addicts, starred Ewen Bremner, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Macdonald and Jonny Lee Miller alongside Ewan McGregor.

“The reason for doing it again is that people cherish the original, people remember it or have caught up with it if they never saw [it] because they were younger,” Boyle said. “So you want to make sure you don’t disappoint people. That will be the only criterion, I think.”

On the timing of the sequel, Boyle said: “It was 1996 when Trainspotting came out. 20 years, it’s like wow, where did that go?”

Boyle also revealed that he is working on two period dramas. “They won’t be like, Downton Abbey period movies,” he said. “They’re… interesting. They’ve arisen very naturally. I never thought I’d do a period piece. It’s weird the way it happens. Maybe because we’re running out of genres!”


Trance, starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson, is released in UK cinemas on 27 March. See the poster here.