You've got to hand it to Danny Boyle. The British director-writer is trying his hand at every film genre known to humankind. He went from 'Trainspotting' to 'A Life Less Ordinary' to '28 Days Later ..." to 'Sunshine' to 'Slumdog Millionaire' to '127 Hours.' Now he's going to try his hand at a heist thriller, 'Trance, and is now firming up casting for that production.
According to SlashFilm, Boyle is interested in casting Colin Firth as one of the two male leads in the film (replacing Michael Fassbender, who originally was in the role but had to leave because of "scheduling issues"). Boyle is also looking at several actresses for the female lead, with Scarlett Johansson heading a shortlist that also includes Zoe Saldana and Melanie Thierry.
Here's the logline for the film, which is based on a 2001 British TV film:
An assistant at an auction house masterminds [an art] heist and teams up with a gang of thieves, but suffers a blow to the head and wakes up with amnesia. He's the only one who knows where the painting's location is and after his continued failure to remember, the gang begins to suspect duplicity on his part and they hire a female hypnotist to get into his brain.