Ewan McGregor has recently stated that he still wants to make a Trainspotting sequel with director, Danny Boyle.
The Scottish actor revealed that he was definitely “up for it,” and that there was no longer any “bad blood” between him and Boyle – who had a high-profile fallout in the late 1990s. Boyle and McGregor famously fell out after the actor was dropped for the lead role in The Beach in favour of Leonardo DiCaprio.
“It might be the film that brings me back [to Scotland],” he said at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. “I would be up for it, I’ve said that to Danny. Everybody has talked about it and speculated about it, but I don’t 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. 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.”
Boyle has since apologised to McGregor regarding The Beach, admitting that he didn’t treat the Trainspotting star well. Trainspotting was an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s novel about a group of drug addicts in Scotland, and turned McGregor into an international star. The 1996 comedy-drama has long been the subject of a sequel, with Boyle confirming plans back in 2013.
In 2013, McGregor said that he was open to the project, despite his fears about damaging the reputation of the first film, stating that he “would always read [a script]if [he]was sent it.”
McGregor is currently involved in the live-action remake of Beauty and The Beast, in which he will voice the candlestick, Lumieré.
Watch the trailer for Trainspotting, below.