Danny Boyle Wants Vincent Cassel to Join His ‘Trance’

Danny Boyle’s upcoming art heist movie Trance has had a bit of a problem casting its leads. Every time they seem to go after an actor, he gets too busy to commit to the film. I guess that’s the breaks when you’re going after the best people in the business. Things seem to be a go for James McAvoy to play the lead role of Simon, however; so there is some traction for the film’s development. And if this next casting rumor ends up coming to fruition, suddenly Trance will go from being a project I am vaguely following, to a movie I’m dying to see.

Twitch is reporting that an offer has gone out to French actor Vincent Cassel to join McAvoy in the film by playing a key character named Aiden. This movie had me intrigued when it was said that it would take Boyle back to his darker, more thriller based roots, but if it gives me a chance to see two great actors like McAvoy and Cassel interact on screen, suddenly I’m more than just intrigued. Cassel is best known in the US for playing the demanding ballet instructor in Black Swan, but if that’s all you know him from then check him out in things like 2008’s Mesrine films or Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible to get a sense of what he can really do. It’s hard not to be disappointed when a film like Trance courts and loses great actors like Michael Fassbender and Colin Firth, but if Boyle is able to sign Cassel, that will go a long way toward putting this one back on the map.

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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