In a statement to Collider, Lilly Wachowski said she “leapt” at the chance to direct the film after Hearon sent her the script, calling it “beautiful and sad and funny!” Additionally, Wachowski acknowledged that queer stories are more important than they ever have been, as LGBTQIA+ people are being systemically pushed further into the margins. “Our amazing writers, Caleb and Ruby, are a shining light in all this dang darkness,” she said.
Additionally, Trevorrow added, “Caleb Hearon and Ruby Caster are true originals and Lilly Wachowski is a living legend. I’m insanely lucky to call them collaborators and friends.” Trevorrow is producing under his Metronome Film Co. banner, which is also handling the sci-fi series “Halcyon” and the crime comedy “Deep Cover,” both heading to Prime Video. While “Trash Mountain” doesn’t yet have an announced distribution plan, it wouldn’t be surprising if the film followed suit. Eddie Vaisman and Julia Lebedev are also serving as producers for Sight Unseen, the company being A.V. Rockwell’s brilliant and underseen indie drama “A Thousand and One” from 2023.
“Trash Mountain” will hopefully mean we get more feature films from Lilly Wachowski, whose voice and vision has been sorely missed from the big screen. This could also be a huge breakthrough performance for Hearon, who currently writes on the “Big Mouth” spin-off “Human Resources” and appeared in the 2023 SXSW hit “I Used to Be Funny” alongside Rachel Sennott. Hearon is currently on tour with Annie Dirusso, and bits of his stand-up routine frequently go viral on TikTok.