Mark Wahlberg, one of the Boston’s most popular and well-known natives, will play a pivotal role in the production of the newest feature film about the Boston bombings, as announced by Deadline on Wednesday.
The film, Patriots’ Day, will focus on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis and his firsthand account of the tragic events surrounding the Boston bombings. The movie will be assisted by 60 Minutes, as they will provide footage and research for the movie. Wahlberg, 43, will be one of the producers of the movie, but as Deadline mentions, he is hoping to play the role of Davis.
As for the content of the movie, it’s being described as an “intense thriller” that will cover the five-day manhunt that eventually led to the capturing of one of the perpetrators of the bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Terry Press, the President of CBS Films, tells Deadline that the conglomerate of people working on the movie will help tell the moving story surrounding the tragic events.
“There is nothing more compelling than a real story populated by real heroes. The team that we have assembled for this project is determined to give audiences a very personal look at what occurred during the days when the eyes of the world were on the city of Boston and how a group of contemporary patriots faced this crisis.”
The days Press is referring to are when both Boston and the country were living under fear as brothers Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the men responsible for the tragedy, fled from the scene of their crime. Reports circulated that Boston wasn’t their last stop, as they were eyeing other places to destroy, including Chicago and New York City.
Tamerlan died following a shootout with the police. His brother, Dzhokhar, is currently in custody and on trial as he awaits his fate.
Patriots’ Day is the second scheduled film that will be produced to cover the Boston bombings, as the movie Boston Strong is also currently in production. Twentieth Century Fox recently snatched up Swedish filmmaker Daniel Espinosa to work on the film after the company announced plans for the movie last year.
Alongside Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, and Michael Radutzky will produce the film, with Nichols Nesbitt serving as the executive producer. As Deadline mentions, this movie is the first time that CBS Films is partnering with 60 Minutes.
Therefore, they’re looking to finalize an A-list leading man, and Wahlberg fits the description. What makes Wahlberg a likely candidate to play the role of Ed Davis in this movie is that the Ted 2 actor isn’t scheduled for any upcoming movies.
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