Here’s the first of what promises to be a lot of casting news over the next few days:
- Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) and Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) clash in Stephen Campanelli’s action thriller, Momentum. Morgan Freeman (Now You See Me) and Shea Whigham (Silver Linings Playbook) co-star.
- Rupert Grint (CBGB), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones), James D’Arcy (Cloud Atlas) and Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class), Neil Maskell (Kill List) and Joe Gilgun (This is England) join Vincent Regan’s Macbeth adaptation, Enemy of Man, with Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) in the lead.
- Tom Hopper (Knights of Badassdom), Ryan Kwanten (True Blood), Irish actress Charlie Murphy (Philomena), Ed Skrein (The Sweeney), Ken Duken (Inglorious Basterds), Anatole Taubman (Quantum of Solace) and James Norton (Rush) star in Claudio Fäh’s Northmen – A Viking Saga.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
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:
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 Gans‘ Beauty and the Beast and what people can expect from the film. Hit the jump to watch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.]
We haven’t heard much about Danny Boyle‘s Trance this year, but that’s not too surprising since he was busy taking every British thing ever and putting it into the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. The movie 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 Cassell 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 shot the film back in 2011, but he held off on post-production until he was done with the Olympics. Now that those are finished, work on Trance has resumed, and a U.K. release may have been announced. Trance is reportedly set to open in the United Kingdom on March 27, 2013.
Hit the jump for more.
As recently as June, we posted that David Cronenberg was returning to direct Eastern Promises 2, starring Viggo Mortensen and possibly Vincent Cassel. While things looked to be moving ahead in a positive direction only a short while ago, the production has taken a turn for the worse (or better if you weren’t looking forward to the sequel). Apparently, the decision has come down from the Focus Features studio to scrap the project, even though production was scheduled to begin in October. Hit the jump to hear the explanation on the about face from Cronenberg himself.
It appears that the Eastern Promises sequel that’s been brewing for the last few years is finally happening. Director David Cronenberg’s 2007 crime drama was extremely well received upon release, and talk then turned to a possible sequel with star Viggo Mortensen returning. As early as last November Cronenberg was talking about the positive chances of a sequel happening, and now it appears that things are moving full-speed ahead. However, Cronenberg apparently won’t be returning as director this time. Vulture reports that not only is co-star Vincent Cassel in negotiations to return for the follow-up, but screenwriter Steven Knight will be taking over the director’s chair. Hit the jump for more.
[Update: Vulture has corrected their report to say that Cronenberg will indeed direct the sequel, not Knight]
[This is a reprint of my review from the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. A Dangerous Method opens tomorrow in limited release.]
Psychoanalysis is a funny profession. Its doctors aren’t like cardiologists or gastroenterologists. Your heart is your heart, your intestines are your intestines, and so forth. Psychoanalysis, on the other hand, attempt to impose rationality on the irrationality of emotions. It works from a vague definition of “normal” and then tries to determine why a behavior deviates from that unspecified norm. Sigmund Freud believed it was not the place of psychoanalysts to simply point out the abnormality, while his protégé Carl Jung thought that the practice was worthless if it couldn’t be advanced to help those in need. These two figures illustrate the clash of the ego, id, and super-ego in David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, a film which brilliantly explores Freudian concepts and how we wish to indulge our base emotions but instead build a wall of reason and science to imprison our desires. However, in attempting to convey this blockade, A Dangerous Method inadvertently cuts off its emotional connection to the audience.
Sony Pictures Classics has released 22 new images from David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method. Here’s the brief synopsis:
Seduced by the challenge of an impossible case, the driven Dr. Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) takes the unbalanced yet beautiful Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) as his patient in A Dangerous Method. Jung’s weapon is the method of his master, the renowned Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Both men fall under Sabina’s spell.
I liked the film when I saw it at TIFF but found it a bit too sterile. However, it’s Cronenberg which means it’s at least worth your time. Hit the jump to check out the images. A Dangerous Method also stars Vincent Cassel, and opens in limited release on November 23rd.
Danny Boyle has found two more leads for his heist-thriller Trance. Deadline reports that Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel will join James McAvoy in the film which centers on an art heist that goes sideways when its mastermind (McAvoy) gets amnesia and can’t remember where he stashed the loot. Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson were previously rumored for the other lead roles, but now it looks like Cassel will play the leader of the heist team while Dawson will play the hypnotist tasked with recovering the mastermind’s memories. The modestly-budgeted and harder-edged picture will be more in line with Boyle’s earlier films Trainspotting and Shallow Grave.
Filming on Trance is set to begin in September and then will be put on a shelf while Boyle directs the summer Olympics. He’ll pick it back up again in August 2012 for editing and then release it in March 2013. Both Dawson and Cassel will next be seen at the Toronto International Film Festival with Ten Year and A Dangerous Method, respectively.
The first trailer for director David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method has been released, and it’s fantastic. Based on Christopher Hampton’s 2002 play The Talking Cure, the film centers on the relationship between Carl Jung (played by Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the woman who came between them. The trailer is intense, showcasing what are sure to be some powerhouse performances, as well as a score by Howard Shore. Oh, and there’s sex. Lots of sex. This is Cronenberg after all. Sony Pictures Classics is set to release the film, hopefully sometime this year. Hit the jump to watch the trailer for yourself.