Vincent Cassel Talks TRANCE, Shooting His Torture Scene, and A SAMBA DRAMA Set During Carnival

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In Danny Boyle’s hypnotic thriller Trance, Vincent Cassel plays Franck, a ruthless art thief determined to locate a stolen Goya painting who turns to a seductive hypnotherapist (Rosario Dawson) for help when violent coercion fails.  Nothing is ever quite what it seems in this stylish thrill ride filled with hallucinations, dream sequences, and unreliable narrators.  In fact, Cassel considers Franck the most normal of all the film’s characters.  Not only is he the closest to the audience and the easiest to follow, but he’s also a gangster that falls in love, so he can’t be totally bad.

At the recent press day, the Cesar award-winning French actor talked about his character, the appeal of working with a director like Boyle, why he’s skeptical of hypnotherapy, what it was like shooting his torture scene with James McAvoy, how an international cast made the film’s plot more intriguing, and why he likes the idea of a strong female lead that’s smart and beautiful.  He also discussed his upcoming film, A Samba Drama, set during Carnival in Rio de Janeiro.  Hit the jump to read more:

Danny Boyle Talks TRANCE, Making Actors Audition, Deleted Scenes, How They Considered Doing A New Cut of THE BEACH, and More

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Trance, the new film from Danny Boyle, opens in limited release this weekend. The hypnotic crime thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon, an art auctioneer who engineers a heist, but develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  His criminal partner, Franck (Vincent Cassel), is none too happy with this, and resorts to hiring Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotist who attempts to help Simon recover his memory.  For more on the film, here’s the red band trailersome posters, and everything else we’ve posted on the movie.

At the film’s Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Danny Boyle.  We talked about the unusual editing process, how long was his first cut, deleted scenes, how great actors like to audition, and more.  In addition, he also talked about how they once considered doing a new cut of The Beach.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Rosario Dawson Talks TRANCE, SIN CITY 2, Developing Her Comic O.C.T Into a Show with Gale Anne Hurd, and More

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Trance, the new film from Danny Boyle, opens in limited release this weekend. The hypnotic crime thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon, an art auctioneer who engineers a heist, but develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  His criminal partner, Franck (Vincent Cassel), is none too happy with this, and resorts to hiring Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotist who attempts to help Simon recover his memory.  For more on the film, here’s the red band trailersome posters, and everything else we’ve posted on the movie.

At the film’s Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Rosario Dawson.  We talked about how she got involved in Trance, her reaction to reading the script, what it will take for her to be in a big comic book movie, Sin City 2, how she’s developing her comic book O.C.T.: Occult Crimes Taskforce into a show with Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Vincent Cassel Talks TRANCE, Working With so Many Great Directors, Playing the Beast in Christophe Gans’ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and More

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Trance, the new film from Danny Boyle, opens in limited release this weekend. The hypnotic crime thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon, an art auctioneer who engineers a heist, but develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  His criminal partner, Franck (Vincent Cassel), is none too happy with this, and resorts to hiring Elizabeth (Rosario Dawson), a hypnotist who attempts to help Simon recover his memory.  For more on the film, here’s the red band trailer, some posters, and everything else we’ve posted on the movie.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Cassel.  We talked about what’s it been like for him to work with some great directors, how he likes to prepare for a role, why he wanted to work with Boyle on Trance, and more.  In addition, Cassel talked about playing the Beast in Christophe GansBeauty and the Beast and what people can expect from the film.  Hit the jump to watch.

James McAvoy Talks TRANCE, Collaborating with Danny Boyle, How He Still Prefers to Audition for a Role, the American Version of SHAMELESS, and More

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Opening this weekend is Danny Boyle’s new film, Trance.  The hypnotic crime thriller centers on James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Simon, a criminal mastermind behind an art heist who develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  The mob boss, played by Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), is none too happy with this and resorts to torture to get his information.  Rosario Dawson (Sin City) also stars as a hypnotist who attempts to jumpstart Simon’s memory in another way.  For more on the film, here’s the red band trailer, some posters, and everything we’ve posted on the film.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with McAvoy.  We talked about how he still likes to audition for a role, how he prepared for this particular role, his recent string of high profile projects, the American version of Shameless (he was on the British version during the first two seasons), and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

4 Exclusive Images from Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy and Rosario Dawson

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We’re happy to debut four new exclusive images from Danny Boyle’s new film, Trance.  This hypnotic crime thriller centers on James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Simon, a criminal mastermind behind an art heist who develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  The mob boss, played by Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), is none too happy with this and resorts to torture to get his information.  Rosario Dawson (Sin City) also stars as a hypnotist who attempts to jumpstart Simon’s memory in a different way.

Be sure to check out interviews with Dawson and Boyle, as well as clips, the red-band and green-band trailers for the film.  Trance opened in the U.K. March 27th and will open in limited release stateside starting April 5th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

Danny Boyle Talks TRANCE, Why He Won’t Direct a James Bond Movie, If He Would Direct a Superhero Movie, and More

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Trance returns Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle to the territory where he began his visionary filmmaking career.  Delving into the heart of extreme human behavior, he has crafted a wildly twisting mind puzzle that explores identity, madness and perception via the altered state of hypnotic trance.  Opening April 5th, the crime thriller starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel centers on the line between truth, suggestion, and deceit and how it begins to blur after an art heist goes terribly wrong.

In an exclusive interview, Boyle revealed why he wanted to make a film with a woman at the center, why it’s always a battle to secure financing even after you’ve been successful, how the studio dictates casting, why the film presented unique challenges compared to other films he’s directed, how he researched the world of art, heists and hypnotherapy, how he collaborated with his creative team on the film’s visual style, why he won’t helm a James Bond film, what he thinks about the comic book genre, and why the idea of directing a superhero movie doesn’t appeal to him.

Rosario Dawson Talks TRANCE, Working with Danny Boyle, Playing a Female at the Center of a Male Dominated Story & a Nude Scene with James McAvoy

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Rosario Dawson takes on one of the biggest acting challenges of her career playing an alluring hypnotherapist hired to help recover an amnesiac thief’s (James McAvoy) lost memories in Academy Award winning director Danny Boyle’s crime thriller, Trance, opening in theaters on April 5th.  When an adeptly planned heist at an auction house goes violently awry, the story quickly turns into a high stakes triangle where the painting’s thief, his partner in crime (Vincent Cassel), and the hypnotist all become trapped together in a mind bending puzzle of their own making.

At a roundtable interview at the film’s recent press day, Dawson talked about working with Boyle and helping to bring his vision to life.  She discussed preparing for the pivotal role, taking audiences on a fascinating journey into the world of the subconscious, finding a way to play a very complex character without giving away too much to the audience, holding her own as the female at the center of a male-dominated story, and her nude scene with McAvoy that is one of the movie’s most powerful moments.  Hit the jump to read more.

New Green-Band Trailer for Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy

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A new trailer for director Danny Boyle’s Trance has debuted.  This hypnotic crime thriller centers on James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Simon, a criminal mastermind behind an art heist who develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  The mob boss, played by Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), is none too happy with this and resorts to torture to get his information.  Rosario Dawson (Sin City) also stars as a hypnotist who attempts to jumpstart Simon’s memory in another way.  This cut leaves out the bloody violence of the red-band trailer and focuses instead on the beautiful technicolor vision of Boyle’s latest thriller.

Scope out a clip from the film here and check back soon for related interviews.  Trance opens in the U.K. March 27th and in limited release stateside starting April 5th.  Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

New Clips from Danny Boyle’s TRANCE, Eran Creevy’s WELCOME TO THE PUNCH and Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER Starring Ben Affleck

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Check out some new clips from the following films:

  • TranceDanny Boyle’s latest crime thriller that stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as an art thief stricken with amnesia who undergoes hypnotherapy in order to remember where he stashed the goods.  Trance opens in limited release stateside April 5th.
  • To the WonderTerrence Malick’s ode to love in all its varied forms, starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams.  To the Wonder opens April 12th.
  • Welcome to the Punch – McAvoy also stars in writer/director Eran Creevy’s crime thriller as a detective who’s given one last chance to apprehend a former criminal (Mark Strong) when he returns to London.  Welcome to the Punch opens stateside March 27th.

Hit the jump to watch the new clips from each movie.

Red-Band Trailer and New Poster for Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson

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A new red-band trailer for Danny Boyle’s Trance is now available.  The crime-thriller stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) as Simon, a criminal mastermind behind an art heist who develops amnesia and forgets where he stashed the goods.  The mob boss, played by Vincent Cassel (Black Swan), is none too happy with this and resorts to torture to get his information.  Rosario Dawson (Sin City) also stars as a hypnotist who attempts to jumpstart Simon’s memory in another way.  This trailer certainly earns its red-band status with a combination of bloody torture, sex and violence and looks to be another Boyle classic.

Trance will open on March 27th in the U.K. and April 5th in the U.S.  Hit the jump to watch the new red-band trailer.

Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Set for April 5th U.S. Release; New Poster Unveiled

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Director Danny Boyle’s next feature finally has a U.S. release date.  Fox Searchlight announced today that Trance will open stateside on April 5th, a date that the Sandra Bullock/Melissa McCarthy comedy The Heat recently vacated for the dog days of summer.  Boyle’s film centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (James McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot.  Vincent Cassel co-stars as mob boss leading the heist gang, and Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotist who tries to get the memories out of McAvoy’s character.

Currently the only other wide release scheduled for April 5th is Jurassic Park 3D, so it seems like a smart move on Fox Searchlight’s part.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the new hypnotizing poster.

New Posters for Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel

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Four posters have been released for Danny Boyle‘s upcoming thriller, Trance.  The story centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (James McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot.  Vincent Cassel co-stars as mob boss leading the heist gang, and Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotist who tries to get the memories out of McAvoy’s character.  Three of the posters provide some nice optical illusions, and I don’t know if another recent major film has tried this other than Men in Black 3 and The Prestige.

Hit the jump to check out the U.K. posters.  Trance opens in the U.K. on March 27th.  A U.S. release is expected in the near future.

First Trailer and New Images for Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel, and Rosario Dawson

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The first trailer for Danny Boyle‘s crime-thriller Trance has gone online.  The story centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (James McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot.  Vincent Cassel co-stars as mob boss leading the heist gang, and Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotist who tries to get the memories out of McAvoy’s character.  The trailer shows off the vibrant, twisty cinematography that has become a trademark of Boyle’s work, and McAvoy looks like he’s at the top of his game.  My only problem with the trailer is that I think it might give away too much of the plot.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Trance opens in the U.K. on March 27th.  A U.S. release is expected in the near future.

First Official Images from Danny Boyle’s TRANCE Featuring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, and Vincent Cassel

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Just yesterday we learned of a possible March U.K. release date for director Danny Boyle’s upcoming thriller Trance, and today the first official images from the film have landed online.  The story centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (James McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot.  Vincent Cassel co-stars as mob boss leading the heist gang, and Rosario Dawson plays a hypnotist who tries to get the memories out of McAvoy’s character.  Boyle notes that the film isn’t a straightforward thriller, and describes it as an “updated noir” that’s more emotionally charged than previous entries in the genre.  There also appears to be a love triangle aspect involving the three lead characters.

Hit the jump to check out the images and to read a few quotes from Boyle regarding the pic.  The film is reportedly set for release on March 27, 2013 in the U.K. [Update: The folks at Pathe Productions Limited have reached out to us to confirm the U.K. release date.]

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