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Can lightning strike twice? That’s what fans of Trainspotting are wondering in the lead-up to the sequel opening in theaters next year.

The original 1996 film so perfectly captured a place and a moment in time, not to mention a scene not often seen on the big screen, it became a cult classic, so a lot is riding on this return to the streets of Edinburgh.

All the ingredients are there: The sequel will reunite director Danny Boyle with screenwriter John Hodge and all of the principal cast of the original — Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Ewen Bremner, and Robert Carlyle — will reprise the iconic roles of Renton, Sick Boy, Spud and Begbie respectively.

So far, so good, but there is one BIG difference.

The trailer got us wondering if it could be possible, and now, in a special featurette released on Friday (December 16), Ewan McGregor has confirmed it: Renton has gotten clean.

“He’s not what the audience would expect Renton to be,” says Ewan, before adding with a chuckle: “He chose life.”

The reference to Trainspotting‘s famous opening monologue made us wonder if Renton is all about a “big television, […] washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers” nowadays. Has he chosen good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance? “Fixed interest mortgage repayments” and a “starter home”? Because, to be frank, that does sound like a pretty dull movie.

Not quite. Renton may be clean, but that doesn’t mean he’s free from addiction:

Trainspotting 2 opens in the U.S. in early 2017.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.