Spotlight tells the astonishing true story of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Spotlight” team of investigative journalists, who in 2002 shocked the city and the world by exposing the Catholic Church’s systematic cover-up of widespread pedophilia perpetrated by more than 70 local priests.
When newly appointed editor Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber) arrives from Miami to take charge of the Globe in the summer of 2001, he immediately directs the Spotlight team to follow up on a column about a local priest accused of having sexually abused dozens of young parishioners over the course of 30 years. Fully aware that taking on the Catholic Church in Boston will have major ramifications, Spotlight editor Walter “Robby” Robinson (Michael Keaton), reporters Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams) and Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo), and researcher Matt Carroll (Brian d’Arcy James) begin delving more deeply into the case.
As they confer with victims’ attorney Mitchell Garabedian (Stanley Tucci), interview adults who were molested as children, and pursue the release of sealed court records, it becomes clear that the Church’s systematic protection of predatory priests is far more wide-reaching than any of them ever imagined. Despite staunch resistance from Church officials, including Boston’s Cardinal Law (Len Cariou), the Globe publishes its blockbuster exposé in January 2002, leading the way for similar revelations in more than 200 other cities around the world.
Presented by Open Road Films, Spotlight is directed by Tom McCarthy and stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James and Billy Crudup. Written by Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer. Director of Photography is Masanobu Takayanagi, Production designer is Stephen H. Carter. Costume designer is Wendy Chuck. Executive producers are Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Pierre Omidyar, Michael Bederman, Bard Dorros, Tom Ortenberg, Peter Lawson and Xavier Marchand. Produced by Michael Sugar, Steve Golin, Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust.