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[First Look] James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel & More Fall Into Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’

Written by on December 27, 2012 

It was just yesterday that we exclusively provided the update that Danny Boyle‘s 127 Hours follow-up Trance would be hitting UK theaters in March and while no US release is set yet, we’ve got our first official look at the thriller. Coming from USA Today, Boyle talked about how the film begins like a standard noir, “but takes the idea of a stolen painting and develops into something sleeker and more psychological, with twists and turns.”

Featuring a love triangle between amnesia-suffering auctioneer James McAvoy, a therapist played by Rosario Dawson and gang leader Vincent Cassel, Boyle said, “I wanted to do an updated noir, give it a contemporary spin in terms of emotion. 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.” Check out a look at our whole team above and below, as well as more images thanks to Bleeding Cool.

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.

Trance lands in UK theaters on March 27th, with no US date set yet.

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