Danny Boyle Reveals Details Of What A Third Trainspotting Movie Would Look Like

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Fresh off of the success of T2 Trainspotting there’s already talks of a possible third film.

During his press tour of America to promote the sequel to the 1996 original classic about a group of friends, who are also heroin addicts, celebrated director Danny Boyle hinted at a possible sequel.

However it wouldn’t based around Ewan McGregor’s character Renton, instead it would focus on the character of Begbie, played by Robert Carlyle. A potential third film would be based on Irvine Welsh’s book The Blade Artist, a follow-up to Porno which T2 was based on.

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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter Boyle entertained the thought of a third film, saying:

I think Bobby [Robert Carlyle] would love to do that because it’s an interesting twist on the character. That may be made into a film. You couldn’t call it T3 because, although some of the other characters come into it, they’re only featured just momentarily. It’s a solo story. You could call that a spinoff. … Blade Artist is a great read

The Blade Artist follows the story of the Scottish hard man as he tries to adjust to a new life in California as – of all things – a sculpture along with his family.

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However don’t expect Boyle to be the one directing a possible third film. It took 20 years just to drop a sequel to Trainspotting and he seems unsure about doing a film adaptation of Welsh’s third book.

He reasoned that:

I don’t know, actually. My affection is toward all four of them… People regarded the first movie as being Renton’s movie, and I never really saw it like that, though he does dominate because of the voiceover. I always saw it as an ensemble movie, so I’m still very much in that mode.


Despite Boyle not being on board it appears actor Robert Carlyle is up for it, admitting that he’s already ‘talking about that’ with the producers.

Speaking to The Guardian, he said:

We’ve been talking about that, I am up for doing it… So maybe we ain’t seen the end of Begbie just yet.

[T2] is the first time you see maybe there is another side to this guy … There is something quite emotional about that. He’s capable of feeling something more than just rage, so I am pleased that that element of Begbie has been shown.

And maybe that sets up another film in fact, because Irvine Welsh has written The Blade Artist.

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T2 Trainspotting was released last January and sees the original cast of McGregor, Carlyle, Ewen Bremner and Johnny Lee Miller reunite after 20 long years apart.

If you haven’t seen it yet check out our review where we thought “While it was cool to see everyone back on the big screen… it resulted in nostalgia overload”.

Check out the trailer for T2 Trainspotting below.