The based-on-truth story of a man who amputates his own arm and then survives in the wilderness until he can find safety is a tough act to follow. That’s the issue Danny Boyle faces as he moves from 127 Hours to his next film, a loose adaptation of a made-for-TV British film called Trance. The plan is to get this project moving quickly, and Boyle is already in early talks with James McAvoy to star, Variety reports.
The reason for the rush stems from Boyle’s commitment to direct the 2012 London Olympics, an event set for next summer that will certainly consume all of the filmmaker’s focus at work (and probably no small amount of free time as well). McAvoy’s X-Men: First Class co-star Michael Fassbender was reportedly also up for a different role in the movie, but Variety notes that’s no longer the case.
Boyle’s story is “loosely based” on the made-for-TV film from Joe Ahearne. The story follows an auction house employee who works with a gang of thieves to steal a valuable work of art. Problems arise when the accomplice takes a blow to the head and a case of amnesia causes him to forget where the painting is hidden. McAvoy is consistently fun to watch and Boyle is impossible to predict, always. The two ought to make a good team.
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