James McAvoy is in discussion to play the lead in Danny Boyle’s upcoming Trance, according to a story at Variety.
A remake of the 2001 British TV movie of the same title (that version written and directed by Joe Ahearne), Trance would feature McAvoy as Simon, an employee at an arthouse who teams with a group of criminals to steal a valuable piece. Though the heist succeeds, a blow to the head gives Simon amnesia and he is unable to remember where the art is hidden. Suspecting foul play, Simon’s co-conspirators hire a hypnotist to try and pull the secret from his mind.
While no cast is yet confirmed, McAvoy’s X-Men: First Class co-star, Michael Fassbender, was previously said to have been in talks to play the leader of the art thieves.
The film is scheduled to shoot in London in September, but, due to Boyle’s involvement with the 2012 Olympics, it will have nearly a full year break before resuming production, aiming for a March 2013 release.
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