We’ve heard very, very little about the latest film from Oscar favorite Stephen Daldry, who previously directed Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (every film the director has been involved with has either been nominated for Best Director or Best Picture), but today brings the arrival of the first trailer for Trash, certainly a grittier and more unconventional venture from the helmer.
The movie, based on the book by Andy Mulligan, and scripted by About Time screenwriter Richard Curtis, tells the story of three street kids who survive by rummaging through a huge trash fill on the outskirts of a major city, searching through human waste and filth in hopes of finding food and other items necessary for their survival. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, and a key. The parcel attracts the attention of a police officer, who offers a handsome reward for it. When the officer’s proposition makes the kids feel that something’s amiss, they hang onto the bag, only to find themselves endangered and forced to go on the run.
Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura star alongside newcomers Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis and Gabriel Weinstein. The spotlight is definitely on the child stars here, and all of them look well-cast in their roles. Trash appears more thrilling and action-packed than Daldry’s past directorial projects, which just makes the film exciting on another level. We’ll get to see a lot of fresh talent on display and figure out whether Daldry can handle a movie more comfortably defined as a thriller (at least based on this trailer) than his past efforts.
The project does not yet have a U.S. release date, making it uncertain whether Trash will be in contention for Oscars this year (and given Daldry’s background, we’d expect that’s what Universal and Working Title want), but it opens in Brazil on October 9th.