trainspotting 2's trailer is loaded with hidden references to the first film

Choose recurring visual motifs.

by Salvatore Maicki
07 November 2016, 11:20pm

Though two decades have passed since Danny Boyle's Trainspotting premiered in 1996, all signs point toward similar times for Rent Boy's crew in the forthcoming sequel. T2: Trainspotting promises the same cast, direction, and authorial control as the original film — it's loosely based on Irvine Welsh's original sequel, Porno. But in case that wasn't enough to convince skeptics, a new split-screen comparison from French video essayist Candice Drouet might do the trick.

The 40-second clip does a clever job of highlighting the repeating motifs that appear in the T2 trailer, from reoccurring scenery to shot-by-shot remakes. Though the new film looks a bit glossier than the grimy 1996 original, it's evident that careful attention went into ensuring fans will be satisfied with the sequel.

While the films may share common imagery, Ewan McGregor has been quick to emphasize that T2 will be more than simply a reprise. "We didn't try to remake Trainspotting. You'll see," he told the Independent, "It has its own rhythm and unique pace and energy [...] which is not the energy of 20-year-old people. The characters are no longer 20-year-old people." T2 is out in the UK this January, and will hit US theaters in March. In the meantime, check out our interview with Irvine Welsh here