It’s a good day to be alive, especially if you’re a film buff. Or even just a fan of really, really great movies. That’s because a new trailer for T2: Trainspotting (a.k.a. the Trainspotting sequel) just dropped and it looks every bit as epic as we’d hoped.
Let’s back up a second, shall we? In case you haven’t heard, there’s a sequel being made to one of the greatest films of all time: Trainspotting. The 1996 British film starred a whole whack of notable people including Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle, Ewan McGregor, Kelly MacDonald and Kevin McKidd. Their characters were all heroin addicts, and the film went on to launch all of the actor’s careers in pretty epic ways. Meanwhile director Danny Boyle went on to do Slumdog Millionaire, and screenwriter John Hodge wrote The Beach and a handful of other titles.
So the really good news is that everyone we just mentioned is back for this project save McKidd, whose Tommy character died in the original. (Hey, it’s not a spoiler if it happened two decades ago.) And the great news is that while the new film won’t be released until 2017, this trailer gives us a lot of hope that the sequel will be every bit as good as the original. Which in our opinion tends to happen
almost never when you allow ample time to pass between projects, rather than rushing the new one into theatres.
“Choose life,” the trailer begins, paying homage to the original, before taking a bit of a modern detour. “Choose Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and hope that someone, somewhere cares.” Of course there’s also plenty of sex and drugs, which leads us to believe that not too much has actually changed in this universe.
The film is based on Porno, Irvine Welsh’s actual follow-up novel to Trainspotting, which takes place a decade after the original. This film mirrors real-life in terms of the characters reuniting 20 years later instead, but based on everything we’ve seen in the trailer above, we still have faith. And if ours isn’t enough of an endorsement for you, we’ll just leave you with these words from Carlyle, who spoke about the project with NME:
“It’s one of the best scripts I’ve f—ing read.”
Well that’s certainly endorsement enough for us.
T2 hits theatres in February 2017.