The new movie Calvary starring Brendan Gleeson as a conflicted priest involves sexual abuse issues committed by Church officials.
It’s a fictional story, but Hollywood is prepping another film focusing on pedophile priests based on real headlines. And the names circling the project will be familiar to most movie goers.
Mark Ruffalo of The Avengers fame and Michael Keaton, experiencing a career reboot thanks to big buzz over the upcoming Birdman, are both in talks to join Spotlight. So, too, are Rachel McAdams (A Most Wanted Man) and Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games franchise), according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Spotlight, to be directed by Win Win auteur Tom McCarthy, will focus on the Boston Globe’s investigation of a pedophile priest cover-up by the Catholic Church.
The movie project tells of how the Globe’s “Spotlight Team” reporters spent a year interviewing victims and reviewing thousands of pages of documents and discovered years of cover-up by Church leadership. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who had hidden years of serial abuse by other priests, and opened the floodgates to revelations of molestation and cover-ups worldwide that still reverberate today.