“Hello Mark!” “So, what have you been up to…for 20 years?”
This is how Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) greets Renton (Ewan McGregor) in the trailer for the hugely anticipated sequel to Trainspotting, which receives its world premiere in Edinburgh this weekend.
The answer, of course, is that every member of the main T2 Trainspotting cast has enjoyed a hugely successful career since Danny Boyle’s original film was released back in 1996.
And while McGregor and Miller have gained worldwide fame for their respective roles as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequels and Sherlock Holmes in US TV show Elementary, they and their fellow ‘Trainspotters’ have all filmed scenes in Scotland over the last two decades.
To celebrate the release of the new movie, VisitScotland has produced an online guide to some of the films and TV shows starring McGregor, Miller, Robert Carlyle (who plays Francis “Franco” Begbie), Ewen Bremner (Daniel “Spud” Murphy) and Kelly Macdonald (Diane Coulston) featuring Scotland to have been shot since Trainspotting was first unleashed on the world in the mid-Nineties.
Locations in the online guide include:
• Eilean Donan Castle – The World is Not Enough (Robert Carlyle)
One of Scotland’s most iconic buildings, the Highlands castle has appeared in numerous productions over the years, including James Bond movie The World is Not Enough (1999). Assuming the role of the Scottish headquarters of MI6, this is where 007 (Pierce Brosnan) is given the lowdown on Victor “Renard” Zokas (Robert Carlyle) – a terrorist impervious to pain.
• Glen Coe – Complicity (Jonny Lee Miller)
Based on the novel by Iain Banks, Miller plays Cameron Colley, a Scottish crime journalist who finds himself connected to a series of murders. Glen Coe is among the stunning Highland locations to feature in the 2000 mystery drama, which also stars Scottish acting legend Brian Cox.
• Loch Lomond – Miss Potter (Ewan McGregor)
The star of Trainspotting plays Beatrix Potter’s fiancé and publisher Norman Warne in this 2006 biography of the world-famous children’s author, played by Renee Zellweger. The film, a mixture of live action and animation, features a few scenes set around Loch Lomond on the Boturich Castle estate at the southern end of the loch. If you look closely you can even see Ben Lomond.
• Edinburgh – Hallam Foe (Ewen Bremner)
Edinburgh-born Bremner has a supporting role as Andy, the hotel concierge, in this 2007 British drama starring Jamie Bell in the title role. Bremner’s scenes were shot at the Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh – the Caledonia at the west end of Princes Street. The film also features scenes of Cockburn Street and the City Art Centre as well as Innerleithen in the Scottish Borders.
• Dunnottar Castle – Brave (Kelly Macdonald)
The medieval fortress near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, which last year welcomed more than 100,000 visitors for the first time, was the inspiration for Castle Dunbroch in Oscar-winning Disney animation Brave (2012). Flame-haired heroine Merida, voiced by Kelly Macdonald, was the first female protagonist in a Disney-Pixar movie.
Of course, the guide also features Leith, the place where Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh grew up and where the majority of the two films were set. This part of Edinburgh was named second on TravelSupermarket’s UK Hip Hang-out Neighbourhood Index.
Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive of VisitScotland, said:
“The original Trainspotting was a cultural phenomenon so there is a huge amount of interest in Danny Boyle’s long-awaited sequel. The cast have certainly been busy over the last 20 years, with all of them returning to Scotland at various times to film against some of our most stunning backdrops. The release of T2 Trainspotting will again thrust Scotland into the cinematic spotlight and, with set-jetting becoming an increasingly popular pastime, that is great news for Scottish tourism.”
To read VisitScotland’s online guide to the T2 Trainspotting cast and the movies they have shot in Scotland, go to https://www.visitscotland.com/blog/films/trainspotting-2/
T2 Trainspotting is released UK-wide on 27 January 2017