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In the animated family film Arthur Christmas, hitting theaters on November 23rd, actor James McAvoy voices Arthur, the awkward but enthusiastic youngest son to Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent). When the ultra-high-tech Christmas gift delivery system fails, missing one child out of hundreds of millions, Arthur embarks on a rogue mission, with the help of his rather naughty Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a giftwrapping-obsessed elf (Ashley Jensen), to deliver the last present before Christmas morning.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, James McAvoy talked about his desire to want to do more films for kids because they’re the best audience around, that he responded to the integrity and humor in the story, the challenge of voicing a character that is always so enthusiastic and nice, and that, if given the choice, he would likely go with the simple and classic ways of doing things versus the high-tech ones. He also talked about how freaky it was to watch even 10 minutes of the Showtime remake of Shameless (he starred in the original), his hopes for the X-Men: First Class sequel, which has not been greenlit yet, the amazing experience he’s had working with director Danny Boyle on Trance, for which he has one day left of shooting, how good the action-thriller Welcome to the Punch turned out, and shooting the fantastic but twisted script for Irvine Welsh’s Filth, starting in January 2012. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
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It looks like Professor X is taking over a job originally set for Magneto. Variety reports that James McAvoy is in early discussions to join Danny Boyle’s Trance in a role for which Michael Fassbender was previously in talks. The film is a remake of Joe Ahearne’s 2003 TV movie of the same name and centers on an art heist gone wrong. The mastermind of the heist suffers a blow to the head during the operation, and subsequently suffers from amnesia. When his team questions the validity of his claims, and given that he’s the only one who knows where the painting is hidden, a female hypnotist is hired to get into his brain.
Boyle plans to start production in September, and after filming wraps he will immediately move on to directing the opening ceremony for London’s 2012 Summer Olympics. After the Olympics conclude in August, he’ll return to Trance to begin post-production, with a March 2013 release date being eyed. So all-in-all, Boyle has a very busy year coming up. While Fassbender's a fantastic actor and it would've been nice to see him team up with Boyle, McAvoy is no slouch himself, so the casting change doesn't seem too drastic.
Michael Fassbender has had a hell of a year, and we aren’t even at the halfway point. He recently landed a role in Ridley Scott’s return to science fiction, Prometheus -- now the actor is eyeing Danny Boyle’s next film, Trance. According to THR (who refers to the film as "Trances"), Fassbender is in talks to become the first cast member to join Boyle’s fast-tracked film. The film is a remake of Joe Ahearne’s 2003 art heist TV movie aptly named Trance. Hit the jump for a lengthy synopsis, the potential role of Fassbender, and why the film is being put in fast-forward.
It was reported just a few days ago that Boyle will attempt to sneak Trance in before he directs the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Of course, he won’t actually attempt to finish all of the film in one go. He is human, after all. Instead, Boyle will shoot the entirety of the film beginning in September and then shut down and set his sights on the ceremonies in January. Afterwards, he will return to the film in August 2012 and cut it with an eye for a March 2013 release.
THR provided this handy synopsis for Trance:
“An assistant at an auction house masterminds the heist and teams up with a gang of thieves, but suffers a blow to the head and wakes up with amnesia. He is the only one who knows where the painting’s location is and after his continued failure to remember, ...
Danny Boyle will direct the new thriller Trance, according to Deadline.
The movie will start shooting in London this September and is apparently an art heist gone wrong and is similar to Boyle's films Shallow Grave and Trainspotting.
The script has been written by Joe Ahearne and will be produced by Christian Colson.
Boylei is also directing the opening ceremonies for next summer's Olympics in London, so he will direct Trance and then put it away for a while to direct the opening ceremonies, so it won't be ready until March 2013.