Nostalgia: City star-spotting

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THERE have been rumours of a Trainspotting 2 for years, but finally director Danny Boyle has confirmed plans for a sequel to the cult film set in Edinburgh.

Boyle wants to reunite the original cast, including Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, Ewen Bremner, Kelly Macdonald and Jonny Lee Miller and said a script is in progress.

Scottish actor Peter Capaldi outside a pie and game shop in Niddry Street. Picture: TSPL

Scottish actor Peter Capaldi outside a pie and game shop in Niddry Street. Picture: TSPL

One of the most famous scenes in the original film – made in 1996 – sees Ewan McGregor running down Princes Street after shoplifting from a store.

While Trainspotting might be one of the most well-known Edinburgh films, the Capital and the surrounding area have always been a huge draw for filmmakers and stars from all over the world.

Perhaps the most famous scenes ever shot around the Capital were those of Kenneth More on the Forth Bridge in what became one of the most famous scenes from the film version of The Thirty-Nine Steps, and the cast and crew went to extra lengths when they took over a section of the bridge for filming in 1958.

In 1966 Brigitte Bardot was the star attraction at Dirleton, where she was filming scenes for A Coeur Joie (Two Weeks In September) with Laurent Terzieff.

The city has continued to cast its spell on film and TV productions, and in 1987 future Oscar winner Peter Capaldi was filming outside a pie and game shop in Niddry Street for the BBC drama The Story of a Recluse.

With its impressive architecture and stunning atmosphere, the big screen is where Edinburgh truly belongs, and in April 1992, Gerda Stevenson, Celia Imrie and Jack Shepherd arrived in Edinburgh to shoot the film Blue Black Permanent, based on the life of Scots writer 
Margaret Tait and helping to showcase what the Capital had to offer.

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