This is essentially a big retweet, but it’s a good one, as Fox Searchlight has announced the US release date for Danny Boyle‘s new film Trance. The picture stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassell in a story about an art thief (McAvoy) who is injured while stealing a painting. He claims that amnesia prevents him from remembering where he stashed the loot, and so a crime boss (Cassell) employs a hypnotherapist (Dawson) to get the info out of the thief’s head.

The studio has announced an April 5 release for the film. More info, and a poster that ably captures what appears to be the very fragmented condition of McAvoy’s mind, follows after the break. Read More »

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Danny Boyle looks like he’s having fun again. Let me clarify that, actually: Danny Boyle’s films always look like the product of a director who is having fun, but this time the movie seems like a pure genre exercise where his exuberance is going to be the dominant note.

Before Boyle dealt with the big decisions for last summer’s Olympic opening ceremony, he shot a movie called Trance, starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. The film is a loose remake of a TV film that ran in the UK in 2001, and looks like a gangland heist thriller with a hallucinogenic mindset underlying the action. McAvoy is an art thief who takes a knock on the head, after which he claims he can’t recall where he stashed the object of his last heist. Cassel is the ringleader who wants the missing loot, and Dawson is the hypnotist hired to get the info out of McAvoy’s head.

The trailer for Trance should be online for real tomorrow, but after Film 2013 on BBC1 premiered it tonight, some of the footage has come online.

Update: We’ve replaced the original partial embed with the full trailer.

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It’s been a couple of years since we’ve seen a Danny Boyle movie (his last was 2010′s 127 Hours), but the Brit filmmaker’s been very busy in the meantime. He shot the art-heist thriller Trance in late 2011, took a break to direct the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, and is now back at work putting the finishing touches on Trance.

James McAvoy stars as an art auctioneer who helps a gang of thieves (led by Vincent Cassel‘s Franck) steal a Goya masterpiece. After a blow to the head gives him amnesia, Franck hires a therapist (Rosario Dawson) to help jog his memory. The first stills and a new synopsis have just hit the web, and you can check them out after the jump.

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Not surprisingly, today’s tidbits begin with Star Trek Into Darkness. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg is laughing at your Star Trek fan theories
  • You can count out Danny Boyle for Bond 24
  • Clerks III already has a 70-page outline
  • Andy Serkis talks The Hobbit and Apes
  • A Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel is coming 
  • Barbara Hershey will return for Insidious 2
  • Wolverine, X-MenApes, and Percy Jackson go 3D

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Just over a year ago Simon Beaufoy — who won an Oscar for his Slumdog Millionaire script and went on to write 127 Hours — hoped that Danny Boyle would take a shine to his adaptation of the Toby Barlow novel Sharp Teeth. We kinda hoped Boyle would like the script, too, because it sounds nuts.

As Beaufoy explained about the LA gang tale: “the difference with this particular piece of work is that these gangs can shape-shift at will into packs of dogs. So it’s a police procedural mixed with a werewolf film. If you get it wrong, it’s a disaster. If you get right, it will be extraordinary.”

Thirteen months later, Danny Boyle has shot the thriller Trance, and is deep in prep for the London Olympics, after which he’ll get into the editing room to finish Trance. But after that, Beaufoy hopes that the Sharp Teeth will come out. He talked about the script in an interview this week while promoting Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Read More »

Danny Boyle just bolstered the cast of his new thriller Trance, which will shoot later this year, then go dormant until late 2012 while the director works on the London Olympics, before finally being completed next fall for release sometime in 2013. James McAvoy is already set to play an accomplice in a botched art heist, and now he will likely be joined by Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. Read More »

The last time we checked in on casting for Danny Boyle‘s Trance, there was some confusion as to would-be star Michael Fassbender‘s involvement with the project. Now it seems Fassbender is definitely out, thanks to “scheduling issues” — but happily, Boyle’s top choice to replace him seems just as good. The director is reportedly looking to cast Colin Firth in the role recently vacated by Fassbender. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson is leading the shortlist of actresses for the heist thriller’s female lead. Read more details after the jump.

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We were surprised when Danny Boyle announced his intent to direct a thriller called Trance this fall, even though Danny Boyle’s reposnsibilities with the upcoming Olympics in London mean the film won’t actually be finished until fall of 2012 and released in 2013.

Then we were very happy when Michael Fassbender was announced as the likely choice for one of the lead roles. Hopefully this won’t be too much of a blow to your interest in the film, but Mr. Fassbender has now backed out. Instead his role will likely be played by his X-Men: First Class cohort James McAvoy. Read More »

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