James Colby has been cast as Boston Police Commissioner Billy Evans in Boston Marathon bombing drama “Patriots Day,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Colby (“Limitless,” “Jessica Jones”) joins Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Jimmy O. Yang and Vincent Curatola in the cast.
The film will be directed by Peter Berg (“Deepwater Horizon”) and produced by Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero and Michael Radutzky.
The film chronicles the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. At the time, Evans was the Superintendent In Charge of The Bureau of Field Services for the Boston Police Department, working alongside then Police Commissioner Ed Davis — who’s portrayed by Goodman — on the investigation and manhunt. Evans had been running the marathon when the bombs went off.
Davis left the post several months later to become a consultant. Evans was sworn in as the Boston Commissioner in early 2014.
Curatola will portray longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Lionsgate and CBS Films have given an awards season release date of Dec. 21. Wahlberg, a Boston native, will portray a Boston Police Department officer who was central to the investigation and manhunt.
“Patriots Day” will be co-financed by CBS Films and Lionsgate. CBS Films is handling production and marketing, while Lionsgate is handling distribution.