'Spotlight' Trailer: Watch Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams Investigate the Catholic Church in Child-Abuse Drama

'Spotlight' Trailer: Watch Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams Investigate the Catholic Church in Child-Abuse Drama

Jul 30, 2015


In January 2002, the Boston Globe published the first in a series of stories about the Boston Catholic Archdiocese and their alleged coverup of the sexual abuse of children by priests over a period of decades. A national controversy ensued. For months before that, however, the newspaper's "Spotlight Team" had been investigating the allegations, interviewing countless victims and witnesses to dig up what had happened. 

It's taken 13 years for a film version to appear, but now the first trailer for Spotlight has been released, and it generates a good amount of genuine, dramatic tension. The trailer sets up the premise well, and also establishes a strong tone of authority.


The cast is led by Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams as two of the reporters, and Michael Keaton as the team's lead editor. The actors spent a considerable amount of time with the reporters and editor, endeavoring to nail down their characters with truth and accuracy, which impressed their real-life inspirations. Reporter Sacha Pfeiffer talked with McAdams about this point: "When actors play fictional characters, 'we’re usually making it up as we go along,' but when they portray real people -- and 'you’re my first,' she said -- 'it’s nice to have a solid foundation” to create an accurate 'inner life.'" The two are pictured below.

Rachel McAdams and Sacha Pfeiffer


Here's Keaton with editor Walter Robinson, and Ruffalo with reporter Michael Rezendes.

Michael Keaton and Walter V. Robinson

Michael Keaton and Michael Rezendes


Tom McCarthy, who directed and also wrote the screenplay with Josh Singer, is known for small-scale, finely-crafted dramas like The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win -- let's forget about his recent attempt at comedy, The Cobbler with Adam Sandler -- and he appears to have forged another precise, hard-hitting drama, with strong hints of top-notch performances. The ensemble cast includes Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, and Billy Crudup.

Spotlight will debut at the Venice Film Festival in early September before heading to the Toronto International Film Festival immediately thereafter. Expect this movie to gain critical awards buzz this fall ahead of its release in theaters on November 6.


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