CBS Films and Lionsgate officially announced that Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Zootopia) will join Academy Award-nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, Lone Survivor) in PATRIOTS DAY. The film will be directed by Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor) and produced by Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson and Michael Radutzky.

PATRIOTS DAY chronicles the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Simmons will play Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the Watertown Police Department who distinguished himself in combat with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Wahlberg will play a composite Boston Police Department officer who is central to the investigation and manhunt.

“Beyond his considerable talents, J.K. Simmons is a person who respects the solemn trust that these real life heroes are putting in our hands,” commented Berg, who continued. “This is an actor who will represent the role in the best way possible.”

PATRIOTS DAY will be co-financed by CBS Films and Lionsgate with the former handling production and marketing and the latter handling distribution. J.K. Simmons is represented by Stephen Hirsh at Gersh Agency. The film will begin production in Boston next month.

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