Irvine Welsh says Trainspotting 2 is better than the original

Hot on the heels of the release of the first official trailer for the sequel to Trainspotting, Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh has said the new film is better than the original.

Trainspotting 2 – or T2 as it’s being billed – sees the original cast of the 1996 movie (including Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jonny Lee Miller) return, while director Danny Boyle is back at the helm.

Speaking to music magazine NME about whether he had any reservations about making a sequel to the cult film, Welsh said: “We were all nervous before we decided to do it… [but] once we saw the script, everybody was confident that we were certainly not going to trash the legacy of the first film and that we were going to build on it.”

“It has managed to take the most dynamic elements of the [Trainspotting] book and Porno [Trainspotting sequel book, on which T2 is partially based] but also look forward to how it can be contemporary and present day… In some ways, I think it’s a better movie [than Trainspotting]… They have become such iconic characters and this is going to cement that status even more.”

“It feels like a big epic movie,” Welsh went on to say. “I’m very, very excited about it and I think people are going to be excited [too]. You’ll always get the critics who moan about it not being the original Trainspotting movie or being too much like it… [but] it’s going to be a great film, a great standalone film but also work with the first film as well to bring that whole world together.”

Describing the movie as feeling “very now”, the Leith-raised author added: “I think it’s a magnificent achievement to be able to do that, to keep the spirit of the book but also to make a modern British film.”

Scottish actor McGregor, who reprises his roles as Renton in the film, said earlier this year that the script is “really, really, really good.”

Carlyle – who will reprise his role as psycho Begbie – previously said he is “wary” of the new movie, but was also full of praise for John Hodge’s script, describing it as “one of the best scripts I’ve f**king read”.

“Yeah, we’ve already had a read-through of the script – we did that in the springtime,” said the 54-year-old. “You’re going to think, ‘Of course he’s going to say this’, but honestly, it’s one of the best scripts I’ve f**king read. I mean, EVER.”

Author Irvine Welsh recently revealed earlier this year that the sequel will be based on his 2002 novel Porno, but will not be exactly the same.

“We’ve had to evolve past that, because the actors would have been ten years older when Porno came out, and now they’re 20 years older,” said Welsh. “It has to take into account that reality.”

Watch the trailer below. WARNING: this trailer contains scenes of nudity and drug use.







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