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 »

This week we got the unexpected news that Danny Boyle will direct a film before he goes to work on the 2012 London Olympics. He won’t actually finish the movie until after the Olympics are done, but he’ll at least have the footage in the can (or on the hard drive, as it were) and ready to cut when the games are done. Now we know that Michael Fassbender is in talks to play the lead role in the movie, a heist thriller called Trance. Read More »

Danny Boyle Will Direct ‘Trance’ This Fall

Surprise! We’d thought that we wouldn’t see a new film from Danny Boyle for some time (and we won’t, but that is complicated and explained below) because he’s been directing his stage version of Frankenstein and has a couple of little things to plan for the 2012 London Olympics. But now he has announced plans to make a small thriller called Trance, which will shoot in September before he really has to dive full-time into the Olympic work. We just won’t see it until 2013. Read More »

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