Kevin Bacon is returning to Boston for CBS and Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing drama, “Patriots Day.”
Bacon, who recently portrayed an FBI agent in “Black Mass,” will portray agent Richard DesLauriers. DesLauriers was the special agent in charge at the Bureau for the investigation of the 2013 bombings.
Of the casting, director Peter Berg said, “Richard DesLauriers worked tirelessly as one of the key figures in an impossibly sophisticated investigation, and Kevin Bacon possesses the intelligence and empathy to portray him.”
Bacon is joining a stacked cast, which includes Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons and more.
The film follows a script by Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”). Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy also have writing credits on the film. The script is being based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis’ account of the events before and after the bombing, as well as the investigation and subsequent manhunt for the suspects.
Wahlberg (“The Fighter”), a Boston native, is set to star as a Boston Police Department officer who was central to the events of the case. J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) is co-starring alongside Wahlberg as Watertown Police Department Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese who shot and tackled Tamerlan Tsarnaev, one of the main suspects in the bombing, following a famous high-speed chase. Goodman will portray Commissioner Davis in the film.
The bombing occurred on April 15, 2013 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Six people died as a result of the bombing, as well as from the resulting manhunt for the suspects. Another 280 people were injured, many severely. It was later discovered that two brothers were responsible: Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The film began shooting in Boston in March. Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero and Michael Radutzky are producing the film. The film is being slated for a limited Dec. 21 release date. A wide release will occur almost a month later, on Jan. 13, 2017.