Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen board Trash for Stephen Daldry

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara is a beautiful woman, so I find it strange that Hollywood has gone out of their way to make her look bad in most of her movies.  The makeup artists on THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, SIDE EFFECTS and AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS have spent more effort making her look ugly than they do making other women look beautiful.  But that’s probably more of a credit to Rooney Mara choosing challenging roles as opposed to the standard rom-coms some of her peers settle for.  It doesn’t look like this role will be quite as challenging, but she has signed on for the adaptation of Andy Mulligan’s novel, TRASH.

The official Amazon synopsis of Andy Mulligan’s novel ‘Trash’: In an unnamed Third World country, in the not-so-distant future, three “dumpsite boys” make a living picking through the mountains of garbage on the outskirts of a large city. One unlucky-lucky day, Raphael finds something very special and very mysterious. So mysterious that he decides to keep it, even when the city police offer a handsome reward for its return. That decision brings with it terrifying consequences, and soon the dumpsite boys must use all of their cunning and courage to stay ahead of their pursuers. It’s up to Raphael, Gardo, and Rat—boys who have no education, no parents, no homes, and no money—to solve the mystery and right a terrible wrong.

In the film, Rooney Mara will play an NGO worker named Olivia, while Martin Sheen will play Father Julliard while newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein will be playing the boys.  Stephen Daldry is slated to direct and yeah, the film does sound like a mix between Daldry’s EXTREMELY LOUD AND INCREDIBLY CLOSE and Danny Boyle’s SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE.  The script was written by Richard Curtis (LOVE, ACTUALLY) with production starting next month for a March 2014 release date.  (Deadline)

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