In early 2002, the Boston Globe conducted an investigation on allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The Spotlight team’s coverage exposed a large cover-up within the church, that stretched far beyond just the city of Boston. It revealed that the scandal had spread nationwide. The Globe would then receive a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their comprehensive coverage on the scandal that rocked the United States, but also forced the Catholic Church to make changes within their policy.
Now the real-life story has become the subject of a film. Spotlight will bring the story of the Pultizer Prize winning Boston Globe’s investigation to life. Directed by Thomas McCarthy (Win-Win, The Visitor), Spotlight stars Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Brian dâ€™Arcy James, John Slattery, Liev Schreiberg, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup.
Check out the first trailer for Spotlight below.
Despite knowing how the film is going to end, Spotlight looks to be a very strong thriller, that will shed some light on the things we did not see during the paper’s investigation on the church.
Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, and Brian dâ€™Arcy James make up the Spotlight team, with Stanely Tucci playing an attorney providing legal support. Billy Crudup will play an attorney representing the church.
McCarthy’s script, co-written by Josh Singer, was one of 2013’s Black List of unproduced screenplays. It will make its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival later this year.
You can check out the trailer in HD over at Apple.
Spotlight opens on November 5th.
SPOTLIGHT tells the riveting true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that would rock the city and cause a crisis in one of the worldâ€™s oldest and most trusted institutions. When the newspaperâ€™s tenacious â€œSpotlightâ€ team of reporters delve into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world. Directed by Academy Award-nominee Thomas McCarthy, SPOTLIGHT is a tense investigative thriller, tracing the steps to one of the biggest crime stories in modern times.