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Plummer joins project about child abuse victims, priests

HOLLYWOOD — Christopher Plummer will star as Boston’s controversial Cardinal Law in the Showtime original pic “Our Fathers,” based on the David France book examining the pedophilia scandal that shook the Roman Catholic Church.

Showtime greenlit the pic earlier this year with Dan Curtis (“The Winds of War”) on board to direct from a script by Thomas Michael Donnelly (“A Soldier’s Sweetheart”) (Daily Variety, Feb. 27).

Curtis and David Kennedy are exec producers. Showtime’s Joan Boorstein is the creative exec on the project.

“Our Fathers” follows the decades-long battle child abuse victims have waged against the priests accused of the crimes. Production is slated to begin in June.

“Plummer will bring authority, humanity and an appropriately chilling detachment to the portrayal of a real-life character whose indelible involvement in this tragedy will never be forgotten,” said Showtime entertainment prexy Robert Greenblatt.

Plummer, who portrays King Lear on Broadway, last partnered with the pay cabler on the original movie “Possessed.” Thesp’s credits include the features “The Insider,” “A Beautiful Mind” and “Nicholas Nickleby.”

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