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Ready to feel old? Really, really old? Cult classic Trainspotting, the film that propelled Ewan McGregor to stardom, led Slumdog Millionaire and Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle to move to Hollywood, and unleashed a soundtrack almost as iconic and redolent of the 1990s as Pulp Fiction‘s, came out twenty years ago in 1996.

We’ll just let that sink in for a minute.

OK? Good. Because ever since then there’s been talk of a follow-up. The movie’s success led Irvine Welsh, the writer of the original book, to publish its delightfully named sequel Porno in 2002, and in recent years both Boyle and McGregor have hinted at an upcoming celluloid version, but so far there’s been no word on when exactly it might get made.

Until now, that is. Collider has tracked down Renton himself, otherwise known as Ewan McGregor, and he confirmed filming starts in Scotland at the end of May:

Written by original Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge, who also wrote the screenplays for other Danny Boyle movies such as A Life Less Ordinary and Trance, the movie will also feature original actors Jonny Lee Miller (Hackers), Robert Carlyle (Once Upon a Time, The Full Monty) and Ewan Bremner (Black Hawk Down).

It’s expected to hit theaters some time later this year or in 2017. And if the first one is anything to go by, we recommend you eat your popcorn first.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.