Trance looks like it’s about James McAvoy, but is all about Rosario Dawson
Trance is Danny Boyle's next endeavor, after Slumdog Millionaire five years ago, 127 Hours two years back, and this summer's Olympic ceremonies. Boyle is definitely a man who takes his time on a film.
Trance was shot in 2011, pre-summer Olympics, and is now in post-production with a March 2013 UK release date (and rumored spring US release as well). The first images and a long synopsis have been unveiled, focusing on James McAvoy who plays an art auctioneer scheming with a criminal (Vincent Cassel) to steal a Goya painting from a public art auction. McAvoy whacks his head in the process (photos of him with a cut on his forehead) and amnesia causes him to forget where he stashed the loot. Cassel's criminal character brings in Rosario Dawson, a therapist and hypnotist, to jog McAvoy's memory.
While most of the images, the synopsis, and the plot seem to revolve around McAvoy's character, Simon ("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."), Boyle claims Rosario Dawson is the protagonist. "It's the first time I put a woman at the heart of a movie," he said.
We will momentarily reserve judgment until the teaser trailer prominently featuring McAvoy's baby blues comes out.