Matt Damon will be the voice of Boston, a documentary focused on the Boston Marathon’s long and storied history, it was announced today. The film will premiere on April 15, 2017, two days before the Boston Marathon, and will be featured in a one-night theatrical premiere at more than 450 locations across the United States on April 19.
“Matt is the ideal narrator for this outstanding documentary about the Boston Marathon,” said Boston executive producer Frank Marshall, who ran Boston in 1980. “We are delighted to have him join the production.”
Boston-native Damon’s heart has always belonged to the city of Boston and its iconic race.
— Boston Marathon Film (@Bostonthefilm) March 6, 2017
“Some of my most vivid childhood sports memories took form by the side of the road near the fire station on Commonwealth Avenue in Newton as enervated runners from around the world confront the historic Heartbreak Hill(s),” Damon says. “I’ll never forget standing there in the crowd with my brother, Kyle, as we looked first for Bill Rodgers, and then, in the very same race as some of the most talented runners on earth, our smiling (and grimacing) 40-year-old dad.”
Kyle, and their father, Kent, have each run Boston four times. The premiere of the feature-length documentary will take place at Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston on April 15.
The filmmakers spent the last three years recording interviews with champions and amateur runners from around the world, as well as the stories of members of the Boston Marathon communities. The production was granted exclusive documentary rights from the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) to produce the film and to use the Association’s extensive archive of video, photos and memorabilia.
Emmy Award winner Jeff Beal (House of Cards) will conduct a live performance of his original Boston score by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra during the screening. More details on the film can be found here.
With files from a press release.