CBS and Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing drama, “Patriots Day,” has found its bombers.
Alex Wolff (“In Treatment,” “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”) and Themo Melikidze (“Beautiful Something”) have joined the film as brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the men responsible for the bombing. TheWrap was the first to report the news.
Wolff and Melikidze join a stacked cast, which includes Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Bacon, 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 scheduled for a limited Dec. 21 release date. A wide release will occur almost a month later on Jan. 13, 2017.