Back in 2011, we reported that director Stephen Daldry (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) would direct the screen adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel Trash. Now, it seems that casting and production are moving right along, with Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen recently added to the cast.
The film mainly focuses on the lives of a trio of homeless orphans—Raphael, Gordon and Rat—who survive on what scraps they can find in a garbage dump. The boys find themselves in luck—or so they think—when they uncover a wallet with some money, an ID card, a folded-up map and a key.
A cop offers them a reward to return the goods, which makes them suspect there’s something fishy underfoot. Played by newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein, the boys then decide to keep the parcel and deal with the consequences.
On their quest, they meet Olivia, an NGO worker played by Mara, and Father Juilliard, played by Sheen. Production is reportedly starting next month in Rio De Janeiro, with the film slated for a May 2014 release from Universal.