'Spotlight' Trailer: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo Dig to Expose Catholic Child Abuse Cover-Up
Rachel McAdams, Billy Crudup, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci co-star in Tom McCarthy's Venice- and Toronto Film Festival-bound movie about the 'Boston Globe's' Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation.
The first trailer for Tom McCarthy's ensemble film Spotlight has been released — showing Michael Keaton as Boston Globe editor Walter Robinson and his "Spotlight team" of reporters on a mission to find out the truth about allegations of child abuse and a cover-up by local priests.
Spotlight follows Robinson and his fellow editors Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) and Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery) and reporters played by Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo. The movie is based on the true story of the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning year-long investigation that revealed a massive cover-up of child abuse by priests throughout the Boston Archdiocese.
Robinson's team starts out encountering resistance, with Stanley Tucci's attorney telling Ruffalo's reporter "I don't want you recording this in any way shape or form" and Billy Crudup's high-powered attorney Eric MacLeish, who says he can't discuss any of the cases he's settled against the church as he notes there are no records of the settlements.
But they keep digging, with Robinson telling MacLeish, "You're going to give me their names and the names of their victims," adding that he'll either write a story about the priests' behavior or one about "a bunch of lawyers turning child abuse into a cottage industry."
Ultimately the spotlight team gets to the abuse victims and are able to tell their stories.
Jamey Sheridan and Brian d'Arcy James co-star in the film, which McCarthy directed from a script he co-wrote with Josh Singer. Michael Sugar and Steve Golin of Anonymous Content produced alongside Rocklin/Faust's Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. Participant Media's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King executive produced alongside Open Road's Tom Ortenberg and Pierre Omidyar, Michael Bederman, Bard Dorros, Peter Lawson and Xavier Marchand.
Spotlight is set to screen out of competition at the Venice Film Festival and will also play the Toronto Film Festival ahead of its Nov. 6 U.S. release. Open Road is releasing the film in the U.S.