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Jonny Lee Miller, Ewan McGregor and Kelly Macdonald in the original

Trainspotting 2 is happening, with full original cast

The long-awaited sequel is now set for release in 2017

After years of broken dreams and false starts, the long-awaited sequel to 1996’s Trainspotting is finally underway. According to reports in Deadline, the film now officially has the full original cast on board, and a spring 2016 filming schedule – with Danny Boyle once again taking the helm as director. 

“We're going up to Scotland very early and we're going to do a week's workshop up in Edinburgh working on the script. And we're filming in May and June of next year,” revealed the director recently. “Obviously it's worrying because people will kill us if we made a bad job of it. I will get absolutely crucified. But you have to thrive on that potential danger within it and if it feeds into it, you might get a decent film out of it, you know.”

Boyle had previously expressed his concerns about working on the sequel, which is an adaptation of Irvine Welsh’s Porno – claiming that the original book wasn’t really “great” source material. However, he has since stressed that the script is now in “terrific” shape.

The film, which will be set ten years on from the original, is currently targeted for a 2017 release, with hope that it can be pushed earlier. “Hopefully we can get it finished in time to release it in 2016 which is the 20th anniversary year,” added Boyle. “So yes, we're on it, and it's looking good.”