Whether or not director Danny Boyle, Ewan McGregor or the world needs a Trainspotting sequel, I'm glad this is finally happening. Having said many times over the years by Boyle that the original actors needed to start actually looking older and shed their natural vanity, before going forward with a sequel (loosely adapted from Irvine Welsh's novel sequel, Porno), it seems as if this has finally happened. Hopefully it all works out.
McGregor is back as Rent Boy and given how the first film concludes with him sneaking off with a good chunk of money, the rest of the returning cast must not be too happy with him. As we see in the trailer, Ewen Bremner's Spud, Jonny Lee Miller's Sick Boy and Robert Carlyle's Franco are all back in the mix. Kelly Macdonald's Diane is also back, though she is less enamored by a return of shenanigans with these former (and continual) hooligans. Really, based on this trailer, there is not a whole lot to glean in terms of plot, but we still find Rent pontificating on what to do in one's life; now incorporating modern terms into the mix, as Underworld's "Born Slippy .NUXX" plays on the soundtrack.
What is apparent is just how familiar Boyle's style still feels in the 20+ years since Trainspotting. Sure, the director has employed some new techniques over time, which includes cinematic effort that comes with assistance from one of Boyle's regular cinematographer's, Anthony Dod Mantle, but this very much looks like a Boyle film. There's a sense of kineticism that I've generally enjoyed about the works of Boyle and that very much feels apparent here. Now it's just a matter if all of this applies to a version of Rent who has cleaned up or is still making questionable choices.
T2: Trainspotting 2 opens in the UK on January 27, 2017. Hopefully a US release comes relatively soon after.