James McAvoy Taking Fassbender's Place in Danny Boyle's 'Trance'
Charles and Erik switching places. Damn, Variety is on a roll recently, and they scored another big casting scoop. Showblitz is reporting that Scottish actor James McAvoy (Atonement, Wanted, The Conspirator, X-Men: First Class) has been cast, or rather is now "in early discussions", as the lead in Danny Boyle's upcoming art heist thriller project Trance. Just last month we heard that Michael Fassbender had scored the lead, but they're saying he has since dropped out, "making room for his superhero rival." After seeing these two "friends" kick ass in X-Men, it's a bit sad that we don't get to see them together in another movie.
As was revealed originally, the film is an "art heist gone wrong" thriller, and McAvoy would play Simon, a shady leader of a gang who partners with an assistant at an auction house to pull the heist. The assistant is the mastermind behind it and teams up with a gang of thieves, but suffers a blow to the head and wakes up with amnesia. And he's the only one who knew where the painting's location was. Eventually they suspect something is up when he can't remember and they hire a female hypnotist. Sounds just crazy and intriguing, but this is the Danny Boyle movie we have to wait until 2013 to see, even though they've started casting now. McAvoy is a fantastic addition (although I liked Fassbender, too) and I can't wait to see who else he lines up.