Boston Globe Spotlight Movie Set to Receive A-List Cast

Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, and more are in talks to star in the movie about the Boston Globe’s investigation into the Catholic Church's coverup of pedophile priests.

More than a year since DreamWorks Studios and Participant Media acquired the rights to make a movie about the Boston Globe’s investigation into the sex-abuse scandal into the Archdiocese of Boston, the project is finally picking up steam again. Now being developed by Open Road, Participant Media, eOne, and Anonymous Content, the film has a title—Spotlight—and soon a cast.

Deadline reports that A-listers Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci are all in talks to star in Spotlight, named after the Globe’s Spotlight Team, whose investigation into the Church scandal won the paper the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003.

We’re a little disappointed to see that our original dream cast—including Jeff Bridges as Marty Baron and Mark Wahlberg as Ben Bradlee Jr.—didn’t pan out, but the suggested all-star cast gives us a good idea of what to expect from the All the President’s Men-esque movie. Several have portrayed members of the media before, and—stop the presses!—Michael Keaton, back on the big screen as a newspaperman? Consider the bar raised.

Keaton would play Spotlight Team editor Walter Robinson in the movie, while Liev Schreiber—whose title character in Showtime’s Ray Donovan was sexually abused as a child by a Boston priest—is in talks to play then-Globe editor Marty Baron. Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams would portray reporters Michael Rezendes and Sacha Pfeiffer, respectively.

According to Deadline, Spotlight will film in Boston and Toronto this fall.