Trainspotting 2 gets a release date

The sequel to cult movie Trainspotting, which is filming now on the streets of Edinburgh, has just been given an official release date.

Trainspotting 2, the long-awaited follow-up to the 1996 original, will be released on January 27, 2017.

The film will see the original cast – Ewan McGregor (Renton), Robert Carlyle (Begbie), Jonny Lee Miller (Sick Boy) and Ewan Bremner (Spud) – reunite with director Danny Boyle.

Last week, fans in Edinburgh caught sight of local actor Bremner shooting scenes as Spud last week, though an announcement from Sony states that work on the film begins this morning (May 16).

McGregor said recently that the script is “really, really, really good”.

The 44-year-old Scottish actor, who will reprise his role as Mark Renton in the film, said: “We haven’t started yet, we start shooting at the end of May. The script only arrived very recently, which was really, really, really good.

“I think, if that had not happened, none of us would be into it. I think we’re all sort of somewhat protective of what Trainspotting means to people, and what it means to us.”

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 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,” the author said recently.