The Globe’s Spotlight Team Goes Hollywood

Who will play the staffers in a movie?

DreamWorks Studios announced on Tuesday that they had acquired the rights to a film exploring the Globe Spotlight Team’s investigation into the sex-abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston. As the Hollywood Reporter noted:

The team spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Church leadership. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests and opened the floodgates to other revelations of molestation and cover-ups around the world that still reverberate today.

It’s about time that we’re getting our own Boston version of All the President’s Men—the Globe‘s investigation went on to win a Pulitzer Prize and is one of the most important pieces of investigative journalism done since Watergate.

Which, of course, leads to the obvious question: Who will play the Globe staffers in the movie? Right now, the following individuals have sold “life rights” to the studio:

Marty Baron,  Globe editor: We think a cleaned-up Jeff Bridges could pull off the Baron as the paper’s leader.

marty baron jeff bridges

Baron, via Twitter; Bridges, via cinemafestival /


Ben Bradlee Jr., Special projects editor: The son of the Washington Post‘s Ben Bradlee could be Mark Wahlberg’s cousin.


Bradlee, via, Wahlberg via Wikimedia Commons


Walter V. Robinson, Spotlight Team editor: Liam Neeson with a beard.

Robinson, via Twitter; Neeson, via Wikimedia Commons/Georges Biard

Robinson, via Twitter; Neeson, via Wikimedia Commons/Georges Biard


Michael Rezendes, reporter: We dig Kelly Ripa’s husband Mark Consuelos.


Rezendes, via Twitter; Consuelos, via Helga Esteb /


Sacha Pfeiffer, reporter: We could see Helen Hunt playing Pfeiffer.

Pfeiffer, via WBUR on Flickr; Hunt, Helga Esteb /

Pfeiffer, via WBUR on Flickr; Hunt, Helga Esteb /


Matt Carroll, reporter: How about Gary Oldman, with his mustache from Batman?


Carroll, via Twitter; Oldman, via Wikimedia Commons/Sam Hughes