This new image follows the release of two trailers for the Trainspotting sequel that’ve provided an unexpected update on Renton’s monologue from the first film for the 21st century. Unlike some other long-gap sequels to hit the big screen over the past few years, the trailer’s callbacks to its predecessor don’t feel gimmicky or cheap either, but fresh and exciting. After all, it’s not everyday that moviegoers get to see characters like Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie onscreen together again.
It’s been a long time since Boyle directed the original film too – and with a number of high-calibre films added to his resume since then (like Steve Jobs, 127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, and more), it looks like he’s bringing a familiar, but simultaneously evolved approach to the Trainspotting sequel. Despite not sticking closely to the plot of Welsh’s original sequel novel, Porno, the author himself recently came out and said he believes T2 to be better than the original 1996 film.
With only a few more months to go until its theatrical release, that’s the kind of hype you can’t buy, especially for a film that’s banking heavily on the brand recognition of its predecessor’s cult classic status and the star power of its lead actors. To their credit, it looks like Boyle and co. have thrown everything at the Trainspotting sequel that they can; now all that’s left is to wait and see how much of it will actually stick with audiences early next year.