Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Reportedly Set for March 27, 2013 U.K. Release; Film Stars James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson

     December 26, 2012


We haven’t heard much about Danny Boyle‘s Trance this year, but that’s not too surprising since he was busy taking every British thing ever and putting it into the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.  The movie centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (James McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot.  Vincent Cassell co-stars as mob boss leading the heist gang, and Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotist who tries to get the memories out of McAvoy’s character.  Boyle shot the film back in 2011, but he held off on post-production until he was done with the Olympics. Now that those are finished, work on Trance has resumed, and a U.K. release may have been announced.  Trance is reportedly set to open in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2013.

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trance-set-photo-james-mcavoyThe Film Stage reports that March 27, 2013 is set for the U.K. and that the U.S. might see the film in the spring as well.  While distributor Pathe has yet to confirm the date, Total Film [via The Playlist] is also reporting March 27th.  If that’s the case, we should start seeing some marketing for the film very soon.

Here’s the long synopsis for Trance:

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.


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