One of the joys of watching a Danny Boyle movie is that you never really know what you're going to get. This is the filmmaker who leapt from the genre-shifting zombie flick 28 Days Later to the charming fantasy-fueled crime-drama Millions to the challenging sci-fi thriller Sunshine to the high-spirited romance Slumdog Millionaire. So how will this sensational English filmmaker follow up helming the spectacular opening ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics? With a chilling crime-thriller called Trance, due out this year.

Commenting on the film's production, Boyle told Deadline:
"After a mad summer with London 2012, it’s great to get back to the day job; treachery and intrigue on the screen rather than behind-the-scenes!”

Just days ago we got a first look at the film that stars James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel. Already Trance has found a UK distributor in Pathé and Twentieth Century Fox, and will hit theaters there on March 27th. Fox Searchlight will be bringing the British feature Stateside, but the release date for the US has not yet been announced.

In Trance, McAvoy plays a fine-art auctioneer who gets tangled up in the plot of professional thief (Cassel) to steal a very valuable painting. However, shortly after the auctioneer secures the painting, he's hit with amnesia, making him forget its location. Now his criminal partner is out for blood, so he turns to a hypnotherapist (Dawson) to unlock his memories before it's too late.

Sure, the plot sounds pretty outlandish. But from tripping junkies to fate-fueled quiz contestants to an amped up adventurer forced to choose life over limb, Boyle thrives with scenarios that rattle our credulity. Plus, penned by his recurring collaborator John Hodge, who wrote Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, A Life Less Ordinary, and The Beach, Trance seems custom-made for Boyle's unique brand of storytelling.

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