This morning, bodybuilding’s philosopher king Kai Greene posted to his Facebook the new trailer for the bodybuilding documentary Generation Iron 2. The film is the sequel to 2013’s critically-acclaimed Generation Iron, which was itself a spiritual sequel to 1977’s Pumping Iron, the seminal bodybuilding documentary that featured a young Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno facing off against one another as they competed for the 1975 Mr. Olympia title.

The first Generation Iron film mostly chronicled the rivalry between Kai Greene and Phil Heath in the leadup to the 2012 Mr. Olympia competition, but it looks like the sequel will be taking a broader perspective, focusing not just on the male-dominated competitions but also on female athletes and the myriad other ways bodybuilders find fame and fortune in the twenty-first century, particularly social media and YouTube. The official synopsis is below.

From the director of Generation Iron, comes the anticipated sequel that will depict 5 of the top bodybuilding and fitness mega-stars on a quest of achieving the ultimate physique and taking it to the next extreme level. In the world of social media and internet, the rules have changed as to what makes an iconic bodybuilding mass-monster. Starring Kai Greene, Calum Von Moger, Rich Piana, among others, this film will explore an all new generation of bodybuilders and how this new world, and new people, carve their own path to physique perfection.

While the trailer above is classified as the “official” trailer, a different version dropped a couple of weeks ago on one of Fandango’s YouTube channels. Unlike the first trailer, which spends a lot of time on Kai Greene, this one centers much more on Rich Piana.

Piana, who is known for his popular YouTube channel, made headlines last year when the then 45-year-old revealed he had been taking steroids since he was 18 years old. (“I think I’m just the kind of person that people enjoy hating on,” he says in the trailer.) It looks like Generation Iron 2 will see him discuss his usage at length, and at one point we see him say, “I’d like to be able to tone it way down and still be able to maintain my physique.”

However the final product turns out, it looks like it will retain the thoughtful point of view of the other films, with significant amount of the trailers’ time devoted not just to the business side of the sport, but also its philosophical and artistic sides as well.

The worldwide premiere will be on May 12 at the BodyPower convention in London, and it will be available in Video on Demand the same day.

Featured image via Generation Iron Fitness & Bodybuilding Network on YouTube.


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