Thomas McCarthy’s Spotlight assembles a staggering array of stars, including Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, and Stanley Tucci, to tell the true story of the Boston Globe’s groundbreaking investigation into child abuse by Catholic priests. The titular “Spotlight” team of reporters spent a year unearthing the scandalous details of the cover-up, which reached across Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishments. “We’ve got two stories here,” Keaton warns a lawyer played by Billy Crudup in the trailer. “A story about degenerate clergy, and a story about a bunch of lawyers turning child abuse into a cottage industry. Which story do you want us to write?”
McCarthy has more experience as an actor than as a writer or director, but the caliber of Spotlight’s cast and the high-stakes nature of the story might make it a contender come Oscar season. The movie hits theaters in November.