Trainspotting stars set to appear at Edinburgh film festival

Ewen McGregor was being measured for a uniquely designed kilt jacket and waistcoat to match in with his Crieff Tartan kilt. Picture: Kristie De Garis

Ewen McGregor was being measured for a uniquely designed kilt jacket and waistcoat to match in with his Crieff Tartan kilt. Picture: Kristie De Garis

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TRAINSPOTTING stars Ewan McGregor, Johnny Lee Miller and Ewen Bremner have been getting measured up for an appearance on the red carpet at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

They are expected to break off from shooting the sequel to the iconic movie to attend a special 20th anniversary screening of the original film.

Ewen Bremner chose a cloth for a made to measure three piece in a cashmere wool blender check flannel. Picture: Kristie De Garis

Ewen Bremner chose a cloth for a made to measure three piece in a cashmere wool blender check flannel. Picture: Kristie De Garis

A private bespoke fitting has already been laid on by Stewart Christie & Co, the official “tailors to the stars” for this year’s landmark 70th festival, who created tweed outfits for the trio.

The actors, who will be kitted out in separate bespoke attire for the “black tie” gala, were also given memberships for the historic firm’s exclusive gentleman’s club.

A spokeswoman said: “The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly as we helped them choose some truly wonderful cloths for their suits.

“We were interested to hear the progress of their most recent project and they listened intently as we shared our ethos - working closely with local suppliers and makers.

The boys were measured for various outfits for different events. Picture:  Kristie De Garis

The boys were measured for various outfits for different events. Picture: Kristie De Garis

“We all agreed that supporting skilled workers within our own country is so important why go elsewhere when you can have the finest of things made on your own doorstep?”

The festival has revealed that Hollywood star Meg Ryan and Golden Globe-winning Downton Abbey favourite Joanne Froggatt will be gracing the red carpet at the event, which gets underway on Wednesday.

Ryan, best known for hit movies like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, has gone behind the camera for her directorial debut Ithaca, about a teenager delivering telegrams during the Second World War.

Froggatt, who starred alongside James McAvoy in Filth, the acclaimed adaptation of Irvine Welsh’e book, will be back in Edinburgh for the world premiere of new drama Starfish.

Picture:  Kristie De Garis

Picture: Kristie De Garis

Also confirmed for appearances at the event - which gets underway on Wednesday - are British actress Sadie Frost, Doctor Who star Freema Agyeman and rising Irish star Robert Sheehan.

Scottish stars Dougray Scott, Brian Cox and James Cosmo are all expected to attend gala screenings during the 10-day event, which gets underway on Wednesday.

Hannibal Lector star Cox, who is currently shooting a new movie about Winston Churchill in Edinburgh, will be at the festival with two films - comedy The Carer, which sees him play a retired Shakespearean actor, and the Western drama Forsaken, which sees him star opposite Kiefer Sutherland.

Scott is starring in new zombie apocalypse thriller The Rezort, while Cosmo will join Clancy Brown, one of his co-stars in cult fantasy Highlander, which is getting a gala screening to mark its 20th anniversary.

Also confirmed for the festival are Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall and celebrated indie film-maker Kevin Smith, who will both be looking back on their careers in special “in person” events.

Sir Sean Connery’s son Jason will open the festival with the world premiere of golfing drama Tommy’s Honour, which depits the father-and-son relationship between Scottish golfing pioneer Tom Morris and his son Tommy. The film’s main stars Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden are both expected on the red carpet.

Diane Henderson, the festival’s deputy artistic director said: “In this special year we’re proud to welcome so many exciting and talented guests from all over the world. Some we’re lucky enough to welcome back and others are here for the very first time.

“If you’d like the chance to rub shoulders with your favourite actor, director, animator or producer, or the opportunity to meet the stars of tomorrow, then the Edinburgh International Film Festival has it all.”

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