Casting Net: Billy Crudup in talks for Catholic Church drama 'Spotlight'

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 Tony winner Billy Crudup may be taking a step in the Spotlight. The Watchmen star is in talks to join the ensemble drama based on the Catholic Church cover-up of pedophiliac priests in Massachusetts and The Boston Globe investigation that followed. Mark RuffaloMichael KeatonRachel McAdamsLiev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci will all star in the film from director Tom McCarthy (Win Win) and written by Josh Singer (The Fifth Estate). Crudup would play the lead attorney for the victims, Eric MacLeish. [THR]

• Max Minghella (The Social Network) and Callum Keith Rennie (Californiacation) are going Into the Forest. The two actors join Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood in the adaptation of the novel by Jean Hegland about two sisters living in a forest home while society begins to crumble around them. Mansfield Park director Patricia Rozema is directing the thriller from her own screenplay. [Variety]

• Jack Kilmer, who made his feature debut alongside his father Val in Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto, will portray a young, vulnerable student in The Stanford Prison Experiment. Billy Crudup is starring as Dr. ‎Philip Zimbardo, who conducted the infamous college research back in 1971. Kilmer will play Jim, a student classified as a prisoner in the experiment. In addition to Crudup, Kilmer joins Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Michael Angarano (The Knick) in the film directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G) and written by Tim Talbott (South Park). [Deadline]

• Outlander star Graham McTavish has joined Disney’s The Finest Hours with Chris Pine and Casey Affleck. McTavish will play Frank Fauteux, a long time veteran of the Coast Guard in the 1952-set film about a daring rescue off the coast of Cape Cod. Million Dollar Arm’Craig Gillespie will direct again for Disney, using a script adapted by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson from the novel by Casey Sherman and Michael J Tougias. [Deadline]

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