Thesp to topline 'Pain,' 'Detachment'

Marcia Gay Harden is toplining a pair of upcoming indie features — “Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You” and “Detachment” — with both shooting in New York City this summer.

“Pain,” directed by Roberto Faenza, follows a recent high school grad who feels out of step among his affluent peers in upscale Manhattan despite being raised in a privileged albeit broken home by his mother, portrayed by Harden as a woman of wealth and privilege who owns an avant-garde art gallery where her son takes a job.

Produced by Elda Ferri and John Heyman, the film will start production Aug. 18.

“Detachment,” which recently began production with Tony Kaye directing, explores the modern state of human conditions through the eyes of teachers and students at a failing high school. Harden plays the principal, who’s on the chopping block after the school’s poor state exam performances.

“Detachment” also stars William Petersen, Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu. Harden was most recently seen in “Whip It.”

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