Trainspotting getting TV sequel with original star returning

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Trainspotting's big-screen sequel T2 was only released four years ago, but another follow-up is in the works – only this time, it'll be made for telly.

Following T2 Trainspotting's mixed reception back in 2017, Deadline is reporting that an all-new Trainspotting sequel is now on its way, with Robert Carlyle set to reprise his role as Francis Begbie.

More than 25 years after Danny Boyle's Trainspotting was unleashed on the world, Begbie is coming back for a six-part series based on Irvine Welsh's novel The Blade Artist.

Following Trainspotting and Porno, Welsh's The Blade Artist revisits Begbie, now known as Jim Francis, as a reformed expat living in California.

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Photo credit: Sony

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When Begbie returns to Scotland for the funeral of his murdered son, he's forced to confront his past and soon discovers that you can take the boy out of Edinburgh, but you can't take Edinburgh out of the boy.

Opening up about returning to the iconic role, Carlyle said: "The prospect of working with Irvine and bringing Francis Begbie to life once more is an absolute gift."

Welsh, who will work on the series alongside Marcella producers Buccaneer, sounds equally thrilled. "Begbie is Begbie and Robert is the long-term friend and collaborator who inspirationally brought the character to life with his incendiary portrayal," the author said.

Photo credit: TriStar Pictures
Photo credit: TriStar Pictures

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"To say I'm excited at us reuniting creatively on this project is obviously something of an understatement."

The new series won't come as a total surprise to fans of Welsh and the original movie, with the writer previously expressing his desire to make a "90-minute film" all about Begbie going "nuts". We've been warned.

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