Roxbury Native Cast as Deval Patrick in Patriots Day

A local will play the former governor in the Mark Wahlberg-produced Boston Marathon bombing movie.

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The producers of Patriots Day are sticking with homegrown talent to play former Governor Deval Patrick in the upcoming Boston Marathon bombing movie.

Roxbury native Michael Beach has been cast as the former governor of Massachusetts in the Mark Wahlberg-produced project, which is currently filming in Boston.

A former running back at the Noble and Greenough School, Beach became an actor after an injury sidelined his football career. The Massachusetts-bred star earned a scholarship to Juilliard in New York following a noteworthy performance as Walter Lee in a production of Raisin in the Sun.

A journeyman actor of the stage and screen, Beach’s notable credits include ER, Sons of Anarchy, and The 100.

The local actor joins a star-studded cast, including Wahlberg, who’s playing a composite character of a Boston police officer, Michelle Monaghan as Wahlberg’s character’s wife, J.K. Simmons as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, Kevin Bacon as FBI agent Richard DesLauriers, John Goodman as former Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Vincent Curatola as former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, James Colby as Police Commissioner Bill Evans, and Jimmy O. Yang as Dun Meng.

Patriots Day, which is being directed by Peter Berg, will open in Boston on December 21.