London: Hollywood actor James McAvoy is set to star in a new thriller `Trance`, to be directed by Oscar winning flimmaker Danny Boyle.
The original choice for the upcoming thriller was supposedly Michael Fassbender, who portrayed the role of Magneto in the superhero film `X-Men: First Class`.
But since Fassbender is out of the running, McAvoy, 32, is reportedly in talks with the bosses of the forthcoming project to land up in one of the lead roles, reported Contactmusic.
The film will depict the story of an assistant at an art auction house, who is planning a daring robbery alongside a notorious gang leader (McAvoy).
But the gang fails to carry out the plan when the assistant suffers a blow to the head and loses his memory, prompting them to try to pry the information on the stolen painting`s whereabouts from his puzzled brain using a hypnotist`s skills.
Scheduled for a possible release in March 2012, `The Slumdog Millionaire` director plans to start the shooting in September, before he concentrates on co-ordinating the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics.
McAvoy, who played the role of Professor X in `X-Men: First Class`, will also appear as the lead in another upcoming thriller `Welcome To The Punch` alongside Mark Strong, Jason Maza and Andrea Riseborough.