James McAvoy Ready To Con Criminals In Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’

Director Danny Boyle’s name hasn’t been heard in the film industry since his 2010 release of 127 Hours. The film saw James Franco playing the real life Aaron Ralston and earned a few Oscar nods. Since then Boyle took on putting together the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Now Boyle takes a different James (McAvoy) for his next film Trance.

The trailer was released yesterday, and it looks like a promising flick, one that seems like a lover letter for Trainspotting fans; at least stylistically speaking. The experimental camera work still looks like it’s in tact, but the premise is what is intriguing. A story that sounds like it will leave you in a mind numbing daze, Boyle sets hypnotherapist Rosario Dawson opposite James McAvoy.

The official synopsis of Trance reads:

“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.

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.”

Sounds like Memento meets Trainspotting. This definitely looks like another exciting film from Danny Boyle. It’s also nice to see James McAvoy back on the big screen as well.

Check out the trailer below!