THIS MONTH AT EM­PIRE

Empire (UK) - - NEWS - TWO DECADES AGO, Trainspot­ting

came to our screens and be­came the back­drop to thou­sands of cider-splashed fum­blings and all-night raves in houses you’d never see again. Along with cer­tain records — What’s

The Story (Morn­ing Glory)? for me — it be­came syn­ony­mous not just with a time (the hal­cyon days of ‘Cool Bri­tan­nia’) but a time of life. Many of us were at col­lege or univer­sity. I was do­ing my A-lev­els, en­joy­ing the taste of free­dom the first heady rush of adult­hood brings (you know, be­fore proper re­spon­si­bil­i­ties start to weigh on your shoul­ders). The film, and its stars, be­came iconic. In some re­spects, for­ever frozen in that time: still Ren­ton, Beg­bie, Spud and Sick Boy to us. So it was of course with some trep­i­da­tion that we re­ceived the news of a se­quel. Some 20 years on. God, would it be all Mon­deos, mort­gages and mun­dan­ity? So we, along with the rest of the na­tion, breathed a sigh of re­lief when that trailer dropped. The beau­ti­ful spirit of the first lives on. It’s kinda like meet­ing old friends and dis­cov­er­ing they haven’t changed one bit. Blimey, maybe we haven’t ei­ther. In a world ex­clu­sive, we bring you all of the ac­tion from the set (spoiler: we had a blast). Check it out on p.60. And our lucky sub­scribers are also treated this month to a be­spoke piece of art­work on their front cover from renowned street artist Mr. Brain­wash. Gut­ted you didn’t get one? Join us! We’re like a cult but more fun! Find out how on p.58.

T2 is just the first no­table film in what is shap­ing up to be a great year. From Won­der

Woman to War For The Planet Of The Apes to Alien: Covenant and Star Wars: Episode VIII, hell, it could even be a vin­tage year. In our mon­ster pre­view, we’ve gath­ered a mass of ex­clu­sive im­ages and in­ter­views to give you the de­fin­i­tive word on ev­ery film and TV show you need to care about. Don’t dis­ap­point us, 2017. We’re pin­ning all of our re­main­ing hopes on you.

Olly Gibbs, Ally and Terri Wy­brew, White Chris Lu cel­e­brate Em­pire’s at the Dig­i­tal Mag­a­zine Awa Brain­wash, Mr. fab­u­lous ex­clu­sive The of our cre­ator mid-de­sign. cover, sub­scriber TERRI WHITE EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF James Dyer with the blast shield down etc... Chris He­witt with Wal­ter Hill and Edgar Wright in Los An­ge­les. It would seem they didn’t get the joke. Ian Freer gifts For­est Whitaker with a spe­cial Rogue One Em­pire be­fore they record the pod­cast. of the bril­liant kids Chris He­witt tells how in North­ern Ire­land Ban­bridge Acad­emy films for a liv­ing. to get a job watch­ing

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