by: Sammy Mink
Billy Crudup is in talks to join Tom McCarthy’s SPOTLIGHT. Based on a true story, the drama centers on the investigations, cover-ups, and journalism it took to uncover the Catholic molestation scandal that rocked the world. Crudup would play Eric MacLeish, a high power member of the Boston legal community. He joins Stanley Tucci as attorney Mitchell Garabedian, Michael Keaton as news editor Walter Robinson and Liev Schreiber as “Boston Globe” editor Marty Baron. Mark Ruffalo will play Michael Rezendes, while Rachel McAdams has been cast as Sacha Pfeiffer.
Crudup got his star in Barry Levinson crime drama “Sleepers” and from there went on to star in Cameron Crowe’s “Almost Famous,” Tim Burton’s “Big Fish,” and J.J. Abrams’ “Mission: Impossible III.” More recently, Crudup has appeared in “Eat Pray Love,” “Public Enemies,” and William H. Macy’s “Rudderless.” Crudup will change genres a bit for his upcoming role in comedy/drama “The Longest Week,” starring opposite Olivia Wilde, Jason Bateman and Jenny Slate.