While the world quite literally fell at director Danny Boyle’s feet after his stunning Olympics ceremony in the summer, you could be excused for forgetting that the director actually had a new film in the works before creating the amazing Olympics spectacle. Trance was actually filmed and ready for post-production when Boyle got to work on his Olympics opening ceremony, and now the British director is working his post-production magic on the film, and with that news comes a release date, some images and a very interesting synopsis.
The film has been written by regular Boyle collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, The Beach, A Life Less Ordinary) and the story starts off as a typical heist movie, but being a Danny Boyle film, becomes much much more than that. The film also boasts a truly amazing cast, with Rosario Dawson playing the lead, and she is supported by the excellent James McAvoy, the always stunning Vincent Cassel and other names like Tuppence Middleton, Danny Sapani and Lee Nicholas Harris.
Boyle told USA Today (who also revealed the first images) that the film begins as your typical heist scenario: “It begins like that,” Boyle said “But it takes the idea of a stolen painting and develops into something sleeker and more psychological, with twists and turns.”
“I wanted to do an updated noir, give it a contemporary spin in terms of emotion,” Boyle told the newspaper. “Noir is usually cold. I wanted it to be more emotionally charged. It’s the first time I put a woman at the heart of a movie.”
Trance is directed by Danny Boyle, and written by John Hodge and Joe Ahearne. The three lead characters are played by Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel, and they will be joined by Tuppence Middleton, Danny Sapani, Lee Nicholas Harris, Wahab Sheikh and Sam Creed.
Trance is due to open in UK cinemas 27th March 2013.
TRANCE, directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar®-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.
Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious.
In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork.
Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.
(Source: USA Today)