Danny Boyle hasn’t been lying low since taking on the Artistic Directorship for 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. In fact, before the games even began, Boyle quickly shot a heist thiller called “Trance” starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson. The film has reportedly scored a March, 27, 2013 release date in the U.K. which is certainly not implausible given that English-made films often premiere across the pond before they do in the U.S.
The Film Stage says Pathe has given the film the release date, but nothing appears on the Pathe website yet. Readers of Total Film in the U.K. however corroborate the date here. Here’s the longform official synopsis.
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.
No word on when the picture will arrive in the U.S. aside from a TBD 2013 date. Many have speculated a fall release date for awards season, but with the U.K. going early, it likely means, “Trance” is more taut thriller than Oscar contender and we wouldn’t be surprised to hear the U.S. follow suit with a spring or summer release bow.