A handful of boldfaced names from Robert Redford to Brad Pitt are attached to celluloid stories ripped from recent headlines, and the rumored casting sheet for “Spotlight,” the next “based on a true story” blockbuster, is no exception.
The new film, based on the Boston Globe series investigating abuse in the Catholic Church, will possibly star Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Stanley Tucci, Rachel McAdams, Aaron Eckhart, and Liev Schreiber, according to The Wrap.
Schreiber is in talks to play The Washington Post’s executive editor, Marty Baron, who as the editor of the Boston Globe assembled a team of journalists to investigate sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests. The paper began publishing the Spotlight series in January 2002 and in 2003 won the Pulitzer Prize for meritorious public service. Baron had no comment on the movie’s casting.
“You made history this past year,” Baron told the Globe newsroom in 2003. “And you made the world a better and safer, and more humane place.”
The list of journalists who can look forward to seeing themselves on the big screen is growing. In May it was announced that Hollywood heavyweight Robert Redford will play veteran CBS anchor Dan Rather in the film “Truth and Duty,” based on the book written by Rather’s former “60 Minutes” producer Mary Mapes. Cate Blanchett will play Mapes.
Both Sony Pictures and Oliver Stone have separately acquired the film rights to two books written by Guardian journalists on NSA leaker Edward Snowden. And finally, Brad Pitt is set to produce and star in the film version of Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings’s 2012 book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan.” Pitt will play Gen. Stanley McChrystal.
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