As plans for a sequel are announced almost 20 years after the first film, where are the stars of cult Brit film Trainspotting now
It’s widely regarded as one of the greatest British films of all time, so we’re very excited that plans are a-foot for a sequel to Trainspotting!
Nineteen years after every student in the country plastered its poster on their wall, director Danny Boyle has confirmed that ‘Trainspotting 2’ will happen, and it’s just a matter of co-ordinating the diaries of the film’s original stars, Ewan McGregeor, Johnny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle and Ewen Bremner.
Speaking to US site Deadline, Danny said: ‘All the four main actors want to come back and do it. Now it is only a matter of getting all their schedules together which is complicated by two of them doing American TV series.’
He added that the script – penned by the movie’s original writer, John Hodge – will be based on Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh’s follow-up book, Porno.
But what have the film’s stars been up to since Trainspotting first propelled them to fame in 1996? Read on to discover more – and click through the images above to see how they’ve changed!
Scottish actor Ewan has come a long way since he played skinny, shaved-headed addict Renton who notoriously crawled inside a filthy toilet in the one of film’s most infamous scenes.
He went on to find fame in Hollywood with roles in blockbuster films such as Moulin Rouge! and the Star Wars prequel trilogy in the Noughties which also secured his heartthrob status – and the Oscar-winning August: Osage County in 2013, alongside Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
He also made us swoon as a hunky motorcyclist in his TV series Long Way Round, which saw him bike from London to New York via central Europe, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Siberia, Canada and the United States with his best friend, Charley Boorman.
Ewan has swapped Scotland for LA, where he lives with his French production designer wife Eve Mavrakis and their four daughters.
Jonny Lee Miller
As Simon “Sick Boy” Williamson, English actor Jonny Lee blew people away with his more than convincing Scottish accent in Trainspotting – and the the plaudits have just kept coming.
He won critical acclaim for his performances in films including Afterglow, Mansfield Park, The Flying Scotsman and Endgame, with his role in The Flying Scotsman earning him a London Film Critics’ Circle nomination for Actor of the Year.
Then, in 2011, he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role in theatre production Frankenstein opposite Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch.
And, speaking of Sherlock, Jonny went on to play the world-famous detective in US TV series Elementary alongside Charlie’s Angels star Lucy Liu – which also won him praise and award nominations.
He married his 1995 Hackers co-star Angelina Jolie a month after Trainspotting’s release, but the couple divorced 18 months later. Jonny is now married to actress Michelle Hicks, with whom he has a son, Buster.
After playing psychopath Franco in Trainspotting, Glasgow-born Robert, 53, won a Best Actor BAFTA for 1997’s The Full Monty.
He’s continued to show his acting chops in films such as The 51st State, 28 Weeks Later and Eragon. He’s played Rumpelstiltskin in TV drama Once Upon A Time since 2011.
He was last seen starring alongside Emma Thompson and Ray Winstone in The Legend of Barney Thomson, which he also directed.
Robert has three kids with make-up artist wife Anastasia Shirley. In 2008, he admitted that people ‘constantly’ quote to him his Trainspotting line: ‘That lassie got glassed’.
‘It’s going to be on my f*cking tombstone,’ he joked. Cripes!
Nineteen years after playing Daniel ‘Spud’ Murphy, Ewen is still acting.
The Scottish star has appeared in hit movies including Pearl Harbour and Snatch, and recently starred in BBC2 series Banished.
The 43 year old reunited with Trainspotting co-star Ewan McGregor in Black Hawk Down, Perfect Sense and Jack The Giant Slayer.
A private person, he has a teenage daughter named Harmony. He’s believed to have named her after director Harmony Korine, who he worked with on 1999’s Julien Donkey-Boy.
You may recognise Kelly, 38, from her role as Steve Buscemi’s wife Margaret Thompson in American gangster drama Boardwalk Empire.
But before that, she was sneaky teen Diane who seduced Ewan McGregor’s character in Trainspotting.
She only landed the role after seeing a leaflet for an open audition while working as a barmaid in Glasgow. Hard to believe, right?
She went on to appear in films including Gosford Park, Nanny McPhee, No Country For Old Men and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2.
She’s married to Travis bassist Dougie Payne and the couple have two sons.