Mark Wahlberg to Star in Movie Based on Boston Marathon Bombing
Few actors — nay, few human beings — are more associated with the city of Boston than Mark Wahlberg. Since he first introduced the world to his Funky Bunch in the early ’90s, he’s been closely tied to Beantown. Even as he’s become a huge movie star he’s maintained his ties with Boston, rooting loudly for its sports franchises and starring in many movies set in and around the area (The Perfect Storm, Ted).
So if there’s going to be a movie about the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013 — and right now there are two movies about the story in development — there are few stars more ideal than Wahlberg, who according to a press release (via HitFix), is set to star in CBS Films’ Patriot’s Day, from Bridge of Spies screenwriter Matt Chapman. (The other Marathon bombing film, Boston Strong, is set up at Fox with Safe House director Daniel Espinosa.)
Wahlberg’s film, which doesn’t currently have a director attached, would be based on “the personal account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis,” and mark the first collaboration between CBS Films and 60 Minutes, who would contribute exclusive information to the film’s storyline. Wahlberg would star as Davis, who...
“...played an integral role in working with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers. Their tactics included the use of sophisticated identity technology and giving the historic order to put the city of Boston under lockdown as they rushed to apprehend the suspects. The story is envisioned as an intense thriller, spanning the five-day search up to the infamous siege where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was pulled from a boat in Watertown."
Patriot’s Day hopes to begin shooting later this year.