Matt Damon Courted for Tom McCarthy’s Untitled Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal Picture; Ray Winstone to Mentor Sean Penn in THE GUNMAN

     June 14, 2013

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Although DreamWorks is no longer involved with the project, director Thomas McCarthy (Win Win) is hoping Matt Damon will show interest in his untitled picture about the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal.  Based on the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning articles chronicling reports of sex abuse within the Church, the project is said to be in the vein of All the President’s Men, and would star Damon as lead reporter Mike Rezendes.  Damon has yet to see a script but the filmmakers have had the Boston-native in mind for the role during its two years of script development.

Hit the jump for more on this controversial picture and for the latest casting news on Pierre Morel’s The Gunman.

The Wrap furtherray-winstone reports that McCarthy’s untitled picture will follow the uncovering of the scandal as a result of “a year-long investigation by the Boston Globe’s spotlight team, which interviewed victims and reviewed thousands of pages of documents. Their reporting eventually led to the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, who hid years of serial abuse by other priests, and opened the floodgates to other disturbing revelations around the world.”

As for actual casting news instead of a wish list of actors, Deadline reports that Ray Winstone (The Departed) will mentor a hitman, played by Sean Penn, in Morel’s The Gunman.  The picture also stars Javier BardemIdris Elba and Jasmine Trinca recently joined the thriller.  Based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette, “Penn stars as a professional killer who attempts to leave his job behind for the woman (Trinca) he loves, but finds it’s harder than expected.  Bardem will play Trinca’s husband, who married her to spite the protagonist, while Elba is near a deal to play a dangerous operative who will stop at nothing to get his way.”

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