Trainspotting set to return for six-part sequel series with Robert Caryle, 60, as Begbie – Daily Mail

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Trainspotting set to RETURN! Cult classic will air six-part TV series based on sequel novel The Blade Artist – with Robert Caryle, 60, confirmed for comeback as Begbie



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Trainspotting is set to return for a six-part television series based on the sequel novel to the cult classic, The Blade Artist.

Begbie actor Robert Caryle has confirmed he will be making a comeback in the new series, but so far none of the other original cast have been attached to the project.

The screen star, 60, appeared in the original 1996 film along with Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald. 

Comeback: Trainspotting is set to return for a six-part television series based on the sequel novel to the cult classic, The Blade Artist

Comeback: Trainspotting is set to return for a six-part television series based on the sequel novel to the cult classic, The Blade Artist

Comeback: Trainspotting is set to return for a six-part television series based on the sequel novel to the cult classic, The Blade Artist

Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, the original movie proved to be one of the iconic movies of its generation – a shocking story of four Edinburgh friends and their hedonistic heroin use.

The new series is an adaptation of The Blade Artist, Irvine Welsh’s sequels to the original.

Robert is set to star and executive produce the series in which he will appear as a reformed Begbie. It is not known if original writer Danny Boyle will be involved.

On his return, Robert told Deadline that the ‘prospect of working with Irvine and bringing Francis Begbie to life once more is an absolute gift’. 

Iconic: The actor, 60, appeared in the original 1996 film along with Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald

Iconic: The actor, 60, appeared in the original 1996 film along with Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald

Iconic: The actor, 60, appeared in the original 1996 film along with Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, Kevin McKidd and Kelly Macdonald

Novelist Irvine added: ‘Begbie is Begbie and Robert is the long-term friend and collaborator who inspirationally brought the character to life with his incendiary portrayal.

‘To say I’m excited at us reuniting creatively on this project is obviously something of an understatement.’  

Following the life of Begbie, The Blade Artist synopsis reads: ‘A successful painter and sculptor, he lives quietly with his wife, Melanie, and their two young daughters, in an affluent beach town in California. 

Nostalgia: A sequel, T2 Trainspotting, was made in 2017, with the original cast reprising their roles

Nostalgia: A sequel, T2 Trainspotting, was made in 2017, with the original cast reprising their roles

Nostalgia: A sequel, T2 Trainspotting, was made in 2017, with the original cast reprising their roles

‘Some say he’s a fake and a con man, while others see him as a genuine visionary.’

‘When he crosses the Atlantic to his native Scotland, for the funeral of a murdered son he barely knew, his old Edinburgh community expects him to take bloody revenge. 

‘But as he confronts his previous life, all those friends and enemies – and, most alarmingly, his former self – Francis seems to have other ideas.’

A sequel, T2 Trainspotting, was made in 2017, with the original cast reprising their roles.

Beloved characters Renton, Spud, Begbie and Sick Boy returned – albeit looking older and greyer – with more than enough sex, illicit drug use and troublemaking to make fans of the original feel nostalgic.

Adapted from Scottish author Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel Porno and directed by Danny Boyle, Trainspotting 2 – abbreviated for the screen as T2 – saw the reunited cast attempt to make a name for themselves in the lucrative adult film industry.

Hedonism: Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, the original movie told a shocking story of four Edinburgh friends and their hedonistic heroin use

Hedonism: Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, the original movie told a shocking story of four Edinburgh friends and their hedonistic heroin use

Hedonism: Based on the 1993 novel of the same name, the original movie told a shocking story of four Edinburgh friends and their hedonistic heroin use

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