Leith pub recreated in Clydebank for Trainspotting 2

A former pub in Clydebank has been renamed the Port Sunshine, one of the settings in the forthcoming Trainspotting 2 film directed by Danny Boyle. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

A former pub in Clydebank has been renamed the Port Sunshine, one of the settings in the forthcoming Trainspotting 2 film directed by Danny Boyle. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

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IT’S the fictional Leith pub run by the infamous Sick Boy, where petty crooks rub shoulders with drug dealers and other ne’er do wells.

But the Port Sunshine - which is thought to be based on former dockers’ bars found in and around the capital’s Great Junction Street - has been brought to life by movie producers in another famous port town.

The Port Sunshine is a key setting in Porno, Irvine Welsh's 2002 sequel to Trainspotting, which the new film is loosely based on. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

The Port Sunshine is a key setting in Porno, Irvine Welsh's 2002 sequel to Trainspotting, which the new film is loosely based on. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Director Danny Boyle and the team behind the eagerly-anticipated Trainspotting 2 have taken over a hotel in Clydebank, where filming is expected to commence over the next few days.

New signage was added to the building’s exterior yesterday and film crew have been busy preparing it for filming.

The Port Sunshine is one of the key settings in Porno, Irvine Welsh’s 2002 novel which was written as a sequel to Trainspotting.

In the book, Sick Boy returns to Leith from London after being offered the pub tenancy by his aunt.

Robert Carlyle was spotted in character as Begbie while filming in Glasgow's Pollokshields district last month. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Robert Carlyle was spotted in character as Begbie while filming in Glasgow's Pollokshields district last month. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

He views the run-down bar as a business opportunity given its proximity to the Victoria Quay office complex used by civil servants, but quickly reverts to his bad habits.

The script of Trainspotting 2 is said to be “loosely” based on Porno, according to screenwriter John Hodge, who adapted Welsh’s first novel into the 1996 smash hit.

Fans of the original film have been eagerly following where exterior scenes of the sequel are being shot.

Robert Carlyle has revived his role as hard man Begbie and was spotted filming in Glasgow’s Pollokshields district last month.

Meanwhile, his fellow stars Ewan McGregor and Jonny Lee Miller were seen in action at the Scottish Parliament last weekend.

Trainspotting 2 is due to be released in UK cinemas in January 2017.

READ MORE: Begbie spotted in Glasgow for Trainspotting 2 filming

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