“Choose life”: Watch the first trailer for Trainspotting 2, aka T2

Trainspotting will be back in 2017.

Ewan McGregor in TrainspottingImage Picture Film4/Polygram Pictures

20 years after it became a Brit film phenomenon, Trainspotting is finally getting a sequel.

Danny Boyle’s drama about Edinburgh junkies turned Ewan McGregor into a massive star and launched the careers of Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner and Robert Carlyle.

Now, all five men are returning for a sequel, called simply T2. There’s even an official trailer out to prove it – it’s not much to go on but it confirms the return of the original cast, the start of filming today (May 16) and a release date of January 2017.

Trainspotting’s blend of lightning direction, great performances, a killer soundtrack and memorable quotes made it an instant classic.

Need a refresher on Boyle’s 1996 film? Here are five classic scenes to jog your memory…


1

Choose life

The opening speech sent McGregor’s Renton barrelling down the streets of Edinburgh accompanied by Iggy Pop’s lust for life and that “choose life”. Now that’s how you open a movie.

2

The worst toilet in Scotland

We’ve seen some bad pub toilets in our times but none of them have been as bad as this. Desperate to retrieve his lost stash, Renton takes the plunge. Frankly, it’s disgusting.

3

Renton overdoses

Overdosing at his dealer’s flat, Renton gets dropped off 

4

Sh*t everywhere

We’ve all been there. Okay, maybe we haven’t…

5

The ending

T2 will pick up 20 years after this point – Renton ripping off his friends, choosing life and moving on.

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