by: Sammy Mink
Tom McCarthy’s drama SPOTLIGHT is heating up, with Open Road Entertainment, Participant Media, and eOne joining Anonymous Content to produce the project, and Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci all set to star. Did you follow all that? The drama is based on the true story of the investigations it took to uncover the Catholic molestation scandal that rocked the world. The title of the film comes from the Spotlight Team of reporters at the Boston Globe who revealed the conspiracy to the world. The scandal led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden the abuse by other priests for years.
Ruffalo will play Michael Rezendes, a reporter for the Globe. Ruffalo is well versed at playing characters based on real people, having played Inspector David Toschi in “Zodiac,” as well as Ned Weeks, who was based on real life activist Larry Kramer, in “The Normal Heart.” Next up, Ruffalo will be reprising his roles as Bruce Banner/Hulk in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and Dylan Rhodes in “Now You See Me 2.”
McAdams has ben cast as Sacha Pfeiffer, another news reporter. While McAdams is best known for her roles in rom-coms like “The Time Traveler’s Wife” and “The Notebook,” she’s also had her fair share of dramatic roles. She has starred in dramas like “Half Nelson,” “State of Play,” and “Sherlock Holmes.” McAdams recently starred in thriller “A Most Wanted Man” and will next appear in Antoine Fuqua’s sports drama “Southpaw.”
Eckhart is best known for his starring roles in Jason Reitman’s dramedy “Thank You for Smoking,” as well as 2007’s rom-com “No Reservations” and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight,” where he played the unfortunate role of Harvey Dent. More recently, Eckhart starred in Lionsgate’s action/sci-fi “I, Frankenstein.” His next projects include roles in “London Has Fallen” and thriller “Incarnate.”
Keaton stars as Walter “Robby” Robinson, a Spotlight Team editor. Keaton shot to super stardom playing the lead characters in both “Beetlejuice” and “Batman.” He’s starring in the dark comedy “Birdman,” playing a has-been actor who used to play an iconic superhero who tries to regain his former glory.
Schreiber is set to play Marty Baron, an editor at the Globe. Schreiber is most well known for his roles in “The Manchurian Candidate,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” and “Salt.” He currently stars as the title character in the Showtime crime drama “Ray Donovan” opposite Jon Voight. His next project will be behind the camera as one of the many directors of anthology feature “Sydney Unplugged.”
Tucci will play Mitchell Garabedian, an attorney who gained national attention after representing the families of the victims. Tucci has starred in everything from “Devil Wears Prada” to “The Terminal” to “The Hunger Games.” He recently starred in “Transformers: Age of Extinction” and will next reprise his role as Caesar Flickerman in the final two “Hunger Games” films.
Ruffalo is repped by UTA and Brillstein Entertainment. McAdams is repped by WME and Magnolia Entertainment. Eckhart is with CAA, while Keaton is with ICM and Anonymous Content. Schreiber is repped by UTA and Untitled Entertainment. Tucci is repped by CAA and Anonymous Content.