You've got to hand it to Danny Boyle. The British director-writer is trying his hand at every film genre known to humankind. He went from 'Trainspotting' to 'A Life Less Ordinary' to '28 Days Later ..." to 'Sunshine' to 'Slumdog Millionaire' to '127 Hours.' Now he's going to try his hand at a heist thriller, 'Trance, and is now firming up casting for that production.
According to SlashFilm, Boyle is interested in casting Colin Firth as one of the two male leads in the film (replacing Michael Fassbender, who originally was in the role but had to leave because of "scheduling issues"). Boyle is also looking at several actresses for the female lead, with Scarlett Johansson heading a shortlist that also includes Zoe Saldana and Melanie Thierry.
Here's the logline for the film, which is based on a 2001 British TV film:
An assistant at an auction house masterminds [an art] heist and teams up with a gang of thieves, but suffers a blow to the head and wakes up with amnesia. He's the only one who knows where the painting's location is and after his continued failure to remember, the gang begins to suspect duplicity on his part and they hire a female hypnotist to get into his brain.Firth would be playing the leader of the thieves, while Johansson is up for the part of the hypnotist. James McAvoy has already been cast as the amnesiac art assistant.
Though Firth can play just about any role (even the heavy here), we're not so sure about Johansson, who, though she is certainly lovely to watch, has a limited range; we're not sure that she could handle the role of a hypnotist. Boyle, however, certainly knows his stuff and his castings-to-date have been right on, so who are we to second guess him?
Boyle, as it turns out, will be handling the art-direction for the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony in London, so he'll bookend filming and editing around that event.
'Trance' is expected to open early 2013.