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John Slattery of Mad Men and Homeland alum Jamey Sheridan are among the new additions to Tom McCarthy’s Catholic sex abuse film Spotlight. Billy Crudup, whom THR exclusively reported was in talks to join the cast, officially has signed on.
The film, which begins shooting Thursday in Boston, centers on the Boston Globe’s 2001 investigation that exposed a decades-long cover-up of sexual abuse by priests throughout the Boston Archdiocese. McCarthy, whose The Cobbler recently screened at the Toronto Film Festival, will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate).
The starring cast includes Liev Schreiber as Globe editor Marty Baron, Michael Keaton as “Spotlight team” editor Walter Robinson, Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as reporters, and Stanley Tucci as attorney Mitchell Garabedian.
Slattery will play Ben Bradlee Jr., who was another editor for the Spotlight team. Crudup will play Eric MacLeish, a high-powered attorney who represented victims of sexual abuse by the Boston clergy, while Sheridan will portray Jim Sullivan, a lawyer who represented the church. Rounding out the new castmembers is Smash alum Brian D’Arcy James, who will play reporter Matt Carroll.
Crudup is repped by CAA, and Sheridan is repped by UTA. Slattery and James are repped by the Gersh Agency.
The film is a co-production of Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust, with Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous and Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust producing. Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will executive produce with Michael Bederman, Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson, and Entertainment One’s Patrice Theroux and Harold van Lier.
Open Road will distribute Spotlight domestically, with Entertainment One handling the international release. The film is set for a 2015 release.
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