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The Film Stage bring word that Pathe has pencilled in a March 27th, 2013 UK release date for Danny Boyle’s heist thriller ‘Trance.’ US distributors Fox Searchlight would only reveal that the film is landing sometime next year stateside; we did previously hear a spring date was in the cards. ‘Trance’ revolves around an art heist gone wrong, with the “dark, sexy, hard-edged tone” of Boyle’s earlier films ‘Shallow Grave’ and ‘Trainspotting.’

Lead by James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel, ‘Trance’ centres on an auction house assistant who executes a heist with a group of professional thieves. The plans go awry when the assistant suffers a blow to the head and forgets where he stored the stolen painting. ‘Trance’ was filmed last year in London, however production has had an almost full year break before resuming again due to Danny Boyle’s prestigious gig of directing the opening ceremonies of this past summer’s London Olympics Games. Fingers crossed we get to see a trailer soon.

TRANCE, directed by Oscar®-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and co-written by Oscar®-nominated long term collaborator John Hodge (Shallow Grave, Trainspotting) is a seductive and enigmatic thriller starring James McAvoy, Vincent Cassel and Rosario Dawson.

Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the audacious theft of a masterpiece by Goya from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious.

In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly – and perhaps shrewdly – to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork.

Unable to coerce the painting’s location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. But as they journey deeper into Simon’s jumbled psyche the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur and the stakes rise faster and far more dangerously than any of the players could have anticipated.