His Dark Materials

Multitasker Danny Boyle returns to his roots with Trance

Gregoire Alexandre for TIME

McAvoy and Dawson are a patient and therapist caught up in an art-heist conspiracy.

"Sometimes we're quite rude," says Danny Boyle, "because you get impatient when you're busy." In fact, Boyle is not rude, even though he is beyond busy. It's October 2011, and the director has two weeks to finish Trance, a psychological thriller that won't hit theaters for another 17 months. With his spectacles slipping down his nose and his hair disheveled, he scurries--the man doesn't walk--through the labyrinth of stages and rehearsal rooms of London's 3 Mills Studios, laughing frequently, pausing each time someone places a schedule or drawing in his ever gesticulating hands.

At the moment, Boyle deploys his frantic energy...

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