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Danny Boyle's latest film "Trance," which opens in limited release on April 5, tells the story of three characters, one that wouldn't be so complicated if it wasn't for the painting heist, hypnosis, and amnesia.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the film, Boyle and his cast talk a bit about the confusing nature of the film and how the audience will still be able to relate even when they don't know what's going on.

"The problem for all of the characters in this film is this idea of perception and reality," Boyle says. "Who's to say what is real, really?"

James McAvoy, who plays the man at the center of the psychedelic crime drama, explains that making a performance relatable is key to keeping the audience connected. "One of the things about this film is that the performances have to be really nailed down because when the audience, when they're meant to be in a position that they really don't know what's happening, they can still latch onto the performances," he says.

"Trance" opens in limited release on April 5.

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For his follow-up to "127 Hours," Danny Boyle is returning to his roots with a brand new off-kilter crime drama, except this time his Ewan McGregor is actually James McAvoy. (Which actually makes a lot of sense if you think about it.)

"Trance" tells the story of an art auctioneer (McAvoy) who plans on stealing one of the expensive items on the block with the help of some dangerous men. When the theft goes wrong and McAvoy's character ends up with a bump on the head, a hypnotist attempts to extract the location of the hidden painting.


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Bruce Campbell"Oz: The Great And Powerful" just got a heck of a lot more exciting now that Bruce Campbell has announced he's been cast in it.

"I. Am. In. Oz. Sam Raimi refuses to tell me what character I will portray. Just know that the role is PIVOTAL," the "Burn Notice" actor tweeted. Considering James Franco has already been cast as the titular wizard-to-be and Campbell likely isn't playing one of the female witches, our guess is he plays some sort of mentor to Oz. Or we could be totally surprised and he'll end up playing a Munchkin or flying monkey. Regardless, we're thrilled by this casting news.

Check out the rest of Hollywood's casting updates after the jump!


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Natalie DormerButton up your overcoats, because winter is coming back already.

Though the first season of "Game of Thrones" just ended, casting on season two has already begun. Entertainment Weekly has the news that "Tudors" actress Natalie Dormer has landed the significant role of Margaery Tyrell in the show's second seasons. Though she initially has a smaller role in the books, Margaery becomes a crucial character in "Storm of Swords" and "Feast For Crows," presumably the basis for seasons three and four.

In the casting news after the jump, find out who replaced Michael Fassbender in Danny Boyle's "Trance," which "Thor" star has been cast as the lead in "Pacific Rim," and what two exciting films Ryan Gosling has lined up.


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Daniel Radcliffe is at a point in his life where, in our opinion, he can do just about anything he wants.

Fortunately, as the "Harry Potter" star already told us when he stopped by to chat about his new musical "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying," he's already pushing himself to try as many new and exciting things as he can without falling into any sort of "child star" trap. We definitely recognize and respect that motivation, and we're sure that's a sentiment echoed by many people in Hollywood.

So when DanRad started listing off his dream group of film directors and actors that he would love to work with, we didn't think those hopes actually coming to life was as unrealistic as he seemed to. After the jump, we go through the people Radcliffe said he'd love to work on a project with and then offer our suggestions as to some potential team-ups.


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Blake LivelyWith Jennifer Lawrence signed to "The Hunger Games," Blake Lively is ready to get savage.

Lawrence's departure from Oliver Stone's latest, "Savages," has opened the door for hot young Hollywood actresses from Olivia Wilde to Teresa Palmer to land the lead role, but now Variety has the news that Stone wants Lively to play main female character Ophelia. That's all well and good, except The Playlist has the news that she's also looking to join Mila Kunis and James Franco in "Oz: The Great and Powerful," so nothing is set in stone yet.

After the jump, Michael Shannon talks his casting as General Zod in "Superman," a main "American Pie" actress returns for their "Reunion" and Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg could be headed towards Woody Allen's latest.


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Robert PattinsonSome of Hollywood's most popular young actors are about to become the stars of the latest anime-to-movie sensation.

The upcoming live-action remake of "Akira" is coming together for its planned August start date, and Splash Page reports on a list of actors who've allegedly received the script: Robert Pattinson, Andrew Garfield and James McAvoy are just some of the names reportedly in contention for roles. Casting is far from finalized, however, so we'll have to wait and see how this one shakes out.

We have more news past the jump, including who might end up directing "Cleopatra," which horror writer might be penning a "The Walking Dead" episode and what ever happened to Brad Pitt's "World War Z" adaptation.


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The last time we checked in on Jason Segel's "Muppets" movie, he saddened us with news that Paul Rudd will NOT be in the film, but teased the fact that we can expect a bunch of other celeb cameos (maybe Lady Gaga, probably Michael Cera. Hooray for ambiguity!).

Anyway, one lady that audiences will indeed see in the film is Segel's "Gulliver's Travels" co-star, Emily Blunt. When MTV News caught up with the charming actress recently, while she was doing press for "Gnomeo and Juliet" with fellow voice talent (and Patrick Stewart impressionist) James McAvoy, we asked about her day on the film. What followed was a hilarious exchange between Blunt and McAvoy — the latter of whom did a fine job of helping prod Blunt for more information.

"I did do a day on 'The Muppets,' yes," Blunt told us.

"Who do you play?" McAvoy cuts in.


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I honestly feel a little sorry for Guillermo del Toro whenever he sits down for an interview with MTV News. We're absolutely relentless in our pursuit of casting scoops, and the Mexican-born director is such a freakin' nice guy, it's tough to watch him squirm.

For a while we were pestering del Toro about the actor he wanted to cast as Bilbo Baggins — Martin Freeman? James McAvoy? — in "The Hobbit." He ended up leaving that project in May (perhaps solely so he no longer had to answer our Bilbo questions) and now is deep into pre-production on an adaptation of the H.P. Lovecraft tale, "At the Mountains of Madness." And as soon as del Toro walked into the MTV Newsroom last week, he surely knew he was about to subject himself to more casting-news harassment.

This time the questions centered around Tom Cruise: are Del Toro and Universal really eying the A-lister for "Mountains?" Read More...

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FROM SPLASH PAGE: James McAvoy has already revealed that he won't attempt to imitate Patrick Stewart when he steps into the role of Professor Charles Xavier for "X-Men: First Class." Indeed, he wants to bury Stewart's performance entirely. But McAvoy's approach begs an important question: how will his Xavier interact with Michael Fassbender's Magneto?

"I think there's a lot of room there for a real connection," McAvoy told us of his hopes for the relationship between the two "First Class" protagonists. "By the end of that relationship, there's still a kind of affection for each other. You see that in the stuff that Patrick and [Sir Ian McKellen] did together. There's a lot of love there, strangely, I think."

Continue reading 'X-Men: First Class' Actor James McAvoy Sees 'A Lot Of Love' Between Xavier And Magneto at

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