Directed and co-written by Oscar-nominee Tom McCarthy, the highly-anticipated drama Spotlight is world premiering out of competition in Venice next month, before heading to Toronto as a Special Presentation. Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton star in the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe investigation that rocked a city and one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Set in 2002, the film follows the dedicated members of the news team as they delve into allegations of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, ultimately exposing a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment, and setting off a wave of revelations around the world.
Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James and John Slattery also form part of the Globe’s Spotlight crew that spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents. The tense trailer above provides our first glimpse of the challenges they faced and how the investigation escalated. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests. For their efforts, they won the Pulitzer for Public Service in 2003. Stanely Tucci and Billy Crudup also star.
Open Road is giving this a November 6 release in select theaters before expanding on November 13 and going wide on November 30. Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up multiple international territories out of Cannes where eOne handled offshore sales. Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Michael Sugar are producers with Rocklin/Faust’s Nicole Rocklin and Blye Faust. Participant Media’s Jonathan King and Jeff Skoll are exec producers, as are Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg and Peter Lawson and Anonymous Content’s Bard Dorros.