USA Today has posted the first photos from Danny Boyle’s new thriller “Trance.” Rosario Dawson, James McAvoy and Vincent Cassel star in the film which opens March 27th in the UK.
The official storyline has McAvoy playing a fine art auctioneer named Simon who works for an underworld boss called Franck (Cassel). They plot the theft of a Goya masterpiece from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck knocks him unconscious.
In the aftermath, Simon claims the injury has left him with no memory as to where he stashed the artwork. Franck is forced to enlist a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get Simon to talk. As they journey into Simon’s psyche the boundaries between reality and suggestion begin to blur.
Starting out as an art heist thriller, Boyle says it “develops into something sleeker and more psychological, with twists and turns… I wanted to do an updated noir, give it a contemporary spin in terms of emotion. Noir is usually cold. I wanted it to be more emotionally charged.”
Boyle adds that this is the first time he has “put a woman at the heart of a movie.” It’s almost a chamber piece with only the key characters and no-one else involved – “Their only point of reference is to each other. There are no outsiders.” The film also contains plenty of graphic nudity, sex and violence which is always a bonus.