Jake Gyllenhaal’s Boston Marathon Bombing Movie Heads towards Production
Expect to see Jake Gyllenhaal around town in the near future as the upcoming Boston Marathon bombing movie Stronger heads towards production.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gyllenhaal has become a producer on the project after already signing on to star as survivor Jeff Bauman, whose book inspired the film. Stronger will also now be getting financing from Bold Films, the company behind Gyllehaal’s 2014 hit Nightcrawler, while Lionsgate will serve as the domestic and international distributor.
The entertainment outlet reports that production will kick off on April 4.
“We are extraordinarily excited to bring this inspiring story of love and the human spirit to the big screen,” Gyllenhaal said in a statement.
Earlier this winter, the Boston Globe reported that Gyllenhaal made a trip up to the city to spend some time with the man he’ll be playing on screen. Bauman lost both his legs during the tragedy while waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line.
Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslan is set to play Bauman’s girlfriend in the film, which will be directed by David Gordon Green.
Stronger isn’t the only movie based on the 2013 bombing that’s gearing up production.
Boston Strong, based on the book by co-authors Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge, was going to be its own film before its rights were recently purchased by CBS Films. The project is being combined with Mark Wahlberg’s Patriots’ Day.
Wahlberg was originally slated to play former police commissioner Ed Davis, however, he will now play Boston police detective Sergeant Danny Keeler in the film, who was an integral component to the response on the finish line as well as during the manhunt for Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
Neither project has yet to set a release date.
Update, Wednesday, February 3 at 1:36 a.m.: This post has been updated to include Dave Wedge as one of the co-author for the book related to the Boston Strong project.