Martin Sheen has signed to star in two films for writer-director Clyde Ware's Ashby Productions.
In "Rough Diamond," Sheen will star as an ex-high school football hero now working in the West Virginia coal mines. When insurance won't pay for his wife's dental bills, he considers robbing a mine payroll. In "Cass," inspired by Nicholas Ray's 1950 classic "In a Lonely Place," Sheen is a Hollywood film maker whose reputation for violence and womanizing makes him a murder suspect. Ware plans to begin production on one of the films by the first of April.