Filth

The success of Danny Boyle‘s Trainspotting was such that Irvine Welsh became a hot author for adaptations. Alas, nothing he wrote translated to film as well, and Boyle had little interest in Welsh’s original sequel to Trainspotting (Porno), and still doesn’t — Boyle has talked about doing a sequel, but not taking from Welsh’s book. But now there’s a new adaptation of Welsh: Filth with James McAvoy, and it looks to recapture some of that Trainspotting feeling.

In it, McAvoy stars as a corrupt policeman who likes to drink, do drugs, and have rough sex. That’s what apparent from the trailer, as we get brief glimpses of the supporting cast, which include Jim Broadbent, Imogene Poots, Jamie Bell and Eddie Marsan. The film is directed by Jon S. Baird, probably best known for the film Green Street Hooligans, and if this is a big international hit, it will probably do for him what Trainspotting did for Boyle. Here’s the trailer:

This is a British trailer, but the film is owned by Lionsgate domestically, and will likely be hitting American shores shortly after it opens in England in September. The trailer doesn’t say much about the plot of the movie, which involves McAvoy’s character trying to solve a murder at the same time as he tries to get a promotion, but it’s successful in selling that rock and roll and drugs energy that made Trainspotting so indelible.

Did watching Trainspotting make you want to read Irvine Welsh?