Tsarnaev Brothers Cast in Boston Marathon Bombing Movie
Patriots Day, the Mark Wahlberg-produced movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, has cast a pair of actors to portray the Tsarnaev brothers.
Former Nickelodeon star Alex Wolff, who got his start on the kids franchise The Naked Brothers Band, will play Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the upcoming film, while relative newcomer Themo Melikidze has been tapped for the role of Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Other notable credits for Wolff include My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 and Jonah Hill’s The Sitter.
The latest casting news comes just a day after producers revealed that Roxbury native Michael Beach will be portraying former Governor Deval Patrick in Patriots Day.
The project, which is currently in production in Boston, has pretty much fleshed out its cast.
Wolff, Welikidze, and Beach will join a star-studded group of actors, including Wahlberg, who’s playing a composite BPD character and Michelle Monaghan, who’s playing the wife of Wahlberg’s character.
The rest of the cast includes 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.
Directed by Peter Berg, Patriots Day will hit theaters in Boston on December 21.