Actor Mark Wahlberg was in town for the 2016 Boston Marathon where movie crews were filming for the upcoming release of Patriots Day, which depicts the events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The first teaser trailer for the film, expected to debut in early 2017, was released on Oct. 5.
Wahlberg, a Boston native, plays police sergeant Tommy Saunders, a fictional character, in the movie that recounts the events leading up to, during and following the 2013 Boston Marathon. John Goodman acts as police commissioner Ed Davis in the biopic.
Teaser trailer (two minutes)
The Boston Marathon bombings took place on April 15, 2013 as two explosions went off near the finish line on Boylston Street. The explosions killed three people and injured more than 250 others. The film depicts the manhunt that followed in search of the suspects and, according to the film’s description, “celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.”
Certain footage in the movie was taken from the 2016 Boston Marathon as film crews were on scene both at the finish line and in the surrounding areas of Boston. The race itself begins in nearby Hopkinton, Mass. and finishes 42.2K later in downtown Boston. The race, with its iconic point-to-point course, is considered the most prestigious marathon in the world as most runners need a qualifying time to race.
According to Variety, the film is scheduled for limited release on Dec. 21 (New York City, Boston and Los Angeles) with a wider release on Jan. 13, 2017.