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James McAvoy in 'Trance' (Pathe UK)
James McAvoy in ‘Trance’ (Pathe UK)

British director Danny Boyle’s latest film, Trance, will open in the U.S. on April 5, a release date that has just been set. (The movie has its U.K. debut on March 27.)

The thriller stars Scotsman James McAvoy and was shot on location in London, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

In Trance, McAvoy plays a fine arts auctioneer who helps to steal a painting by Goya but, after getting hit on the head, can’t remember where he hid the masterwork. The crime boss (French star Vincent Cassel), with whom he was in cahoots, hires a hypnotist (Rosario Dawson) to get inside McAvoy’s head and find out where the auctioneer put the painting.

Trance’s first incarnation was in 2001 as a British made-for-TV movie starring Christopher Cazenove. That version was written and directed by Joe Ahearne, who would go on to direct the revived Doctor Who series in 2005. Ahearne shares a screenplay credit on the new Trance with John Hodge, who previously worked with Boyle on Trainspotting (1996) and Shallow Grave (1994).

Boyle, who won an Oscar for Best Director for Slumdog Millionaire (2009), filmed the movie just before producing the opening ceremony for last summer’s London Olympics.

Here’s the trailer:


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By Leah Rozen