Billy Crudup Joining Catholic Church Sex Scandal Drama 'Spotlight'
Director Tom McCarthy has already rounded up an impressive ensemble cast for Spotlight, his drama that tells the story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalists who exposed the Catholic Church's decades-long cover-up of child molestation in Massachusetts. Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci are all already on board the film, and now THR has word that Almost Famous star Billy Crudup (who just took a role in the Stanford Prison Experiment) is taking a role in the film as Eric MacLeish, a high-powered member of the Boston legal establishment. Read more below!
The title of the film is in reference to the Spotlight Team of reporters at the Boston newspaper who discovered this terrifying citywide conspiracy that was covering sexual child abuse in the religious organization. The team included Boston Globe editor Marty Baron (Schreiber), Spotlight Team editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Keaton) and special projects editor Ben Bradlee Jr. (not yet cast). Other key investigators who spent a year pouring over documents and interviewing victims of abuse included Michael Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams) and Matt Carroll, another role that hasn't been filled yet. Expect to hear more additions to this impressive cast soon.