Casey Affleck Is Actually Not Attached to the Boston Marathon Movie
Well, it looks like an Affleck won’t be doing a movie about the Boston Marathon bombings after all. Despite reports claiming that Casey Affleck is set to star in the movie adaption of Boston Strong, based on a yet-to-be-published book of the same name, the Boston-bred actor himself denied the connection at Brattle Theatre on Sunday.
Affleck appeared in Cambridge at a screening of his film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, where he told the audience that though he loves coming home, Boston Strong is not a project he is attached to. The film is supposed to be an adaption of the forthcoming book Boston Strong written by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge. In July of last year, The Fighter screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy purchased the movie rights before a single word of it was written. The book Boston Strong has a pub date set for February 2015.
The good news is that Affleck, who currently appears in Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, in theaters now, is still planning to make a movie about the Boston Strangler, which he confirmed to the audience.
The actor has also been in town for the past few months shooting The Finest Hours with Chris Pine and Eric Bana. The Finest Hours, slated for a 2016 release, is based on the true story of an attempted Coast Guard rescue off Cape Cod after two oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952. Production, which wraps up at the end of this year, is taking place at Quincy’s Fore River Shipyard and will soon move to Chatham.