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Casting Watch: Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen Join Stephen Daldry's 'Trash'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 9, 2013 at 11:50AM

Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are on board for supporting roles in the upcoming film by Stephen Daldry ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"), "Trash." Sheen will play a priest, and Mara an NGO worker in a story adapted from Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel of the same name.
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Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen are on board for supporting roles in the upcoming film by Stephen Daldry ("Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close"), "Trash." Sheen will play a priest, and Mara an NGO worker in a story adapted from Andy Mulligan's 2010 novel of the same name.

The Third World-set tale centers on three impoverished young boys (newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein) who unearth something dangerous in a city dump. Richard Curtis ("War Horse," "Love Actually," and the upcoming Rachel McAdams-Domhnall Gleeson starrer "About Time") has penned the adaptation. 

This marks the first time since Daldry's helming debut, 2000's "Billy Elliott," writes Guy Lodge at HitFix, that a Daldry film hasn't been scheduled to open during awards season. "Trash" begins filming in Rio next month, and Universal is eyeing a May 2014 release.

Mara has David Lowery's Western "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" coming out in August, and Spike Jonze's "Her," also starring Amy Adams, Scarlett Johannson and Joaquin Phoenix, on November 20. The untitled Terrence Malick Austin music scene film is currently set for 2014. Among other things, Sheen has "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" in the pipeline for next year.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.