Brian d'Arcy James Joins Boston Priest Pedophile Drama SPOTLIGHT
Deadline writes that Brian d'Arcy James has joined the cast of Open Road's SPOTLIGHT, directed by Tom McCarthy. James will star alongside Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Aaron Eckhart, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams and Stanley Tucci in the film, which centers on the Boston Globe's real-life investigation into pedophile priests in the Catholic Church.
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SPOTLIGHT will follow the team of reporters and editors "that uncovered an unimaginable city-wide conspiracy to cover up clergy child abuse...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 other revelations of molestation and cover-ups around the world". They won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for their work.
Among the Boston Globe staff involved were Marty Baron (Schreiber), Walter Robinson (Keaton), Michael Rezendes (Ruffalo), Sacha Pfeiffer (McAdams) and Matt Carroll (James). Mitchell Garabedian (Tucci) was a lawyer who represented the families of the victims.
McCarthy directs from a script he co-wrote with Josh Singer (The West Wing). Open Road, Participant Media, eOne and Anonymous Content are joining forces on the project, which is set to begin filming in Boston and Toronto this fall.
James's upcoming big screen projects include The Nest and The Christmas Pearl. He has appeared on TV in Smash, The Good Wife, The Big C, Rescue Me and more.
The actor received Tony nominations for his roles in Shrek The Musical and Sweet Smell of Success; he won the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Shrek. He has also appeared on Broadway in Macbeth, Time Stands Still, Next To Normal, The Apple Tree, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Titanic, Carousel and Blood Brothers.
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