Jeremy Renner arguably deserves to be called the hardest working actor in Hollywood right now, but Michael Fassbender is certainly a contender for the title. Although the latter is currently busy starring in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, he has possibly already lined up his next paying job: a starring role in Danny Boyle's next project, Trance.
Boyle is pushing for production on Trance to begin this fall - so that he'll be able to complete principle photography on the flick prior to his work on the Summer 2012 Olympic games. Likewise, if Fassbender signs on, he'll be kept all the busier in the future too.
Trance is a remake of the 2001 TV movie directed by Joe Ahearne (a contributing director for the new Doctor Who series) about a group of thieves who conspire with an art auction house assistant to steal a valuable painting. The twist to that standard heist flick setup is that the assistant suffers a debilitating blow during the operation - which is bad news, since he's the only one who knows where the stolen painting was hidden afterwards.
According to THR, Fassbender is in talks to play the "shady" head of the gang, who suspects the assistant of being a double-crosser. However, in order to find out the truth, he and his fellow criminals hire a female hypnotist to try and access their accomplice's memories - and it's from there that things really start to get messy.
Fassbender has appeared in a fairly eclectic mix of films recently, between tackling complex roles in more character-driven indie fare like Fish Tank or Jane Eyre, and appearances in generally mindless action romps both good (Centurion) and bad (Jonah Hex). However, he's proven himself to be a very flexible and capable actor in the days since his breakout performance in Inglourious Basterds, and (as it stands) I'm all for seeing more of him in the future - be it in this summer's X-Men: First Class or a flick like Trance.
On that note: Trance reads as somewhat more of a conventional genre title than Boyle's last two Oscar-nominated (and winning) films - 127 Hours and Slumdog Millionaire - but in the director's hands, the project could be something quite memorable. An edgy caper flick with an unusual twist that involves the (in a sense, literal) descent into a broken consciousness could be brought to vivid life by Boyle. If nothing else, this has the makings of a pretty exhilarating cinematic thrill ride.
We'll keep you posted on the status of Trance as more information is released.