Ewan McGregor has told press that he is reopening talks for starring in a potential Trainspotting sequel – the original being the 1996 dark comedy drama that ignited the Scotsman’s acting career. The actor spoke at this year’s Edinburgh film festival and stated that he has changed his mind about replaying the heroine-addicted protagonist, Renton, and reuniting with Oscar Award winning director Danny Boyle.
“I would be up for it”, McGregor said. “I’ve said that to Danny. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don’t know if it’s happening yet. I’ve not seen a script and I don’t know if there is one. It’s been a long, long time”.
After working with Boyle for his first three films, the director surprisingly opted for Leonardo DiCaprio to star in The Beach rather than him, leading to reports of a falling out between the pair. “I just think I’ve changed my opinion about it. We’ve all moved on and there is a lot of water under the bridge now. I miss working with Danny, I did some of my best work with him and he’s one of my favourite directors I’ve worked with. There was some bad blood and ill feeling, but that’s all gone now. I think it might be extraordinary to see a sequel 20 years after the original”, McGregor stated.
Back in April, Irvine Welsh, the screenwriter behind the 2002 sequel, spoke about his desire to still make a big screen sequel work. “Myself, Danny and John Hodge. We are all really keen for it to happen, but only in the right circumstances. The circumstance has always been that nobody needs the money, so there’s no point in doing in for that reason”.