Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting from Sony’s TriStar is this year’s secret screening at the SXSW film festival. The sequel to the 1996 indie film about heroin-addled British punks will play tonight at the Alamo Ritz in Austin, Texas.
It’s a big weekend for TriStar in Austin. Last night, the label premiered Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver at the Paramount Theatre. TriStar Pictures president Hannah Minghella and SVP of film Nicole Brown are in Austin for both movies, along with Chairman of the Motion Picture Group at Sony Tom Rothman. Also in Austin are Boyle and T2 Trainspotting star Ewan McGregor. Rothman also will be in Austin later this week when Sony closes SXSW with the world premiere of Skydance’s sci-fi thriller Life starring Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal and Rebecca Ferguson.
T2 Trainspotting follows the characters of Irvine Welsh’s novels 20 years after Trainspotting and Porno. Renton (Ewan McGregor) who skipped town with the foursome’s 16K pounds is back from Amsterdam where he’s been a married accountant. Sick Boy (Jonny Lee Miller) is blackmailing cheaters with his Bulgarian girlfriend Veronika (Anjela Nedyalkova) while Begbie (Robert Carlyle) is in prison and Spud remains a prisoner of heroin (Ewen Bremner).
Trainspotting was a landmark film at the height of the ’90s independent cinema craze. The $2M Miramax release screened out of competition at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and rallied to a $72M worldwide gross, $16.5M of that coming from the U.S./Canada. After Boyle’s Shallow Grave, Trainspotting further bolstered his profile as a director and launched McGregor, Carlyle and Miller into the global limelight.
T2 Trainspotting has been in release in 11 overseas territories, including the U.K., and currently counts a gross of $33.2M. T2 Trainspotting hits five theaters stateside March 17 before expanding March 24 and going wide March 31.