Principal photography begins today on Academy Award®-nominee Thomas McCarthy's riveting drama Spotlight, starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci. Written by Thomas McCarthy and Josh Singer, Spotlight is a co-production of Anonymous Content and Rocklin/Faust, financed by Participant Media, and will be distributed by Open Road Films in the U.S. and by Entertainment One internationally.
Joining the cast are John Slattery, Brian d'Arcy James, Billy Crudup and Jamey Sheridan. Spotlight will shoot in Boston for one week and then head to Toronto where filming will continue until the end of November.
Thomas McCarthy received an Oscar nomination for the screenplay Up, won a BAFTA award for the script of The Station Agent which he also directed and was named best director at the Independent Spirit Awards for The Visitor.
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In 2001, the Boston Globe began an investigation that would rock the city and shock the world. Spotlight tells the story of that investigation, the story of Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), Ben Bradlee Jr. (John Slattery) and the four members of the Globe's investigative Spotlight team - Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton), Mike Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Matt Carroll (Brian d'Arcy James) - who would sacrifice everything to expose the Boston Archdiocese's systemic cover up of sexual abuse of children by ordained priests. For years, whispers of scandal were ignored by society, the media, by police and by the legal system. Silenced by shame, victims of sexual abuse often became victims of suicide. For their commitment to truth, the Spotlight team received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Spotlight sheds new light on the investigation and the men and women who were integral to uncovering the story. It points to the necessity of good, local journalism, the type of journalism that has been decimated over the past fifteen years by the decline of the newspaper industry. Spotlight explores the larger themes of complicity and deference, attempting to grapple with the question of how an evil so widespread could go undetected for so long.
Spotlight's producers are Steve Golin and Michael Sugar of Anonymous Content, and Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust of Rocklin/Faust. Participant Media's Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King are executive producers, with Michael Bederman, Open Road Films' Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson, and Entertainment One's Patrice Theroux and Harold van Lier. Kate Churchill is co-producer and David Mizner is associate producer.