Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams to star in Boston church sex abuse scandal movie

By Daniel S Levine,

An all star cast that includes Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo is being assembled for a movie about one of the darkest scandals in Boston history and the history of the Catholic Church. The film will center on the cover-up of sex abuse that went on within the church for decades before it was uncovered by the Boston Globe.

The project, simply titled Spotlight, is being set up by Open Road, Participant Media, eOne and Anonymous Content. Last year, DreamWorks was involved, but the studio is no longer a part of it. Tom McCarthy (The Visitor, Up) is still attached to direct.

According to Deadline, which first reported on the developments, confirmed that, in addition to McAdams, Keaton and Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber and Aaron Eckhart are also starring. That’s definitely an ensemble packed with talent.

The title of the film refers to the Globe’s Spotlight Team that uncovered the cover-up and won a Pulitzer Prize in 2003. Schreiber will play Globe editor Marty Baron, while Keaton is Spotlight editor Walter “Robby” Robinson. The reporters are Michael Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams), and Matt Carroll (Eckhart). Tucci was cast as Mitchell Garabedian, the attorney who represented victims.

TheWrap reports that Open Road is handling distribution, while Participant is financing. Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust are the producers.

McCarthy wrote the script with The West Wing’s Josh Singer. Production will start this fall in Toronto and Boston.

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