Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close director Stephen Daldry’s next film is casting up. Deadline reports that Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen have signed on to star in Trash, which is an adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel of the same name that centers on “three poverty-stricken boys who discover something unusual, mysterious, and dangerous in a city dump.” The pic has a script by Richard Curtis (War Horse, Love Actually), and newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, and Gabriel Weinstein are set to play the three boys, with Wagner Moura (Elysium) and Selton Mello also part of the cast.
Hit the jump for more, including a possible release date for Trash and news concerning a The Wire alum joining the thriller Kill the Messenger.
Sheen will be playing the character of Father Julliard in the film, while Mara is set as NGO worker Olivia. Daldry is noteworthy in that he’s been nominated for the Best Director Oscar for each of his feature films save for Extremely Loud, having also helmed Billy Elliot, The Hours, and The Reader. Filming on Trash is slated to begin in Rio de Janeiro early next month, with a May 2014 release date being eyed by Universal and Working Title.
Additionally, The Wrap reports that Michael K. Williams is in talks to play Rick Ross in the true story Kill the Messenger. The pic stars Jeremy Renner and is based on the story of a news reporter named Gary Webb whose life was ruined when he linked the CIA to a scheme to arm Contra rebels in Nicaragua and import cocaine into California. After publishing his 1996 series “Dark Alliance,” Webb became the target of a smear campaign by the CIA that eventually drove him to depression. Ross was a wealthy drug lord who, while in jail awaiting trial, was clued in to the fact that he was being played by the CIA and US government.
Williams will apparently have to shuffle his schedule around for the deal to make, as he’ll be busy shooting Boardwalk Empire when production on Kill the Messenger gets underway in Atlanta in the coming weeks. Michael Cuesta (Homeland) is directing, with Rosemarie DeWitt and Paz Vega also starring.