Trainspotting Star Robert Carlyle Hints At Begbie Spin-Off Movie

Begbie and the boys could be back in a third Irvine Welsh adaptation.

Begbie in Trainspotting
Begbie Robert Carlyle in Trainspotting Image Channel 4 films

Trainspotting 2 isn’t even out in cinemas yet, but Robert Carlyle is already talking about starring in a possible spin-off project in the future.

Carlyle gave a hugely memorable performance as the terrifying Begbie in the classic 1996 film, and he reprises the role in Danny Boyle’s new sequel.

Speaking at the world premiere of T2: Trainspotting, the actor has now hinted that he’ll be playing the part again in another movie based on the work of author Irvine Welsh.

Begbie is the subject of Welsh’s 2016 novel The Blade Artist, which could yet be adapted for the big-screen.

“We’ve been talking about that, I am up for doing it,” he said about the project at the T2: Trainspotting premiere in Edinburgh last night.

“So maybe we ain’t seen the end of Begbie just yet,” he added.

The Blade Artist focuses on the later life of Begbie, who now goes by the role of Jim Francis. By this point he’s an artist living in California, but his dark past catches up to him when he returns to Scotland to attend a funeral.

Welsh previously hinted that there could be more Trainspotting-related projects happening in the future, so we might be seeing even more of Begbie and the boys soon.

Meanwhile, Carlyle stars alongside Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner in the Trainspotting sequel, which is released in cinemas on Friday. Watch a trailer below:

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