James McAvoy to Replace Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyles TRANCE UPDATED

Fassbender out, McAvoy in.

Variety reports that Danny Boyle’s heist thriller ‘Trance’ is set to undergo a casting shakeup, with James McAvoy in early talks to replace his ‘X-Men: First Class’ co-star Michael Fassbender on the project.

The movie is a remake of Joe Ahearne’s 2001 TV movie of the same name, which centered on an assistant at an auction house who masterminds an art heist. The assistant suffers a blow to the head and wakes up with amnesia. He is the only one who knows the location of the painting and after his continued failure to remember, the gang begins to suspect duplicity on his part and hire a female hypnotist to get into his brain.

Boyle (‘127 Hours’) is planning to shoot the movie before moving on to direct the opening ceremony for London’s 2012 Summer Olympics. The director will then come back to the project to begin post-production once the Olympics conclude in August.


[UPDATE] – Varity has updated it’s article saying that while Fassbender is definitely out of the project, McAvoy is NOT in line to replace him and is being considered for a different role.