Mark Wahlberg’s Marathon Bombing Movie Has a Release Date

Here's when Patriots' Day will hit theaters.

Mark Wahlberg’s movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing will be hitting theaters sooner rather than later.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Patriots’ Day will debut in Los Angeles, Boston, and New York on December 21 of this year. The film will then receive a wide release on January 13, 2017.

Directed by Peter Berg, the drama has ramped up production in recent weeks.

Officials announced last month that Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons will play Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the Watertown Police Department, who played an integral role in the search for Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Meanwhile, Wahlberg is set to play a composite character based on the Boston Police Department officers who were also involved in the manhunt.

While they are still in the early stages of production, producers had initially hoped to film a shootout scene on the streets of Watertown. However, town manager Michael Driscoll recently stated that these plans have been scrapped.

As for the timing of the CBS Films and Lionsgate movie’s release, it will put the film right in the hunt for next year’s award seasons. It will be interesting to see if Patriots’ Day will be a contender at the 2017 Oscars.