Gyllenhaal stars as Jeff Bauman, while Maslany plays his girlfriend Erin Hurley in a story about love triumphing over adversity. Brown (“Hail, Caesar!”) will portray Bauman’s father and Richardson will play his mother Patty Bauman.
The film is a production of Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label, Mandeville Films, Bold Films and Nine Stories. It’s Gyllenhaal’s first production under his Nine Stories banner.
Inspired by a true story and based on the New York Times bestseller by Jeff Bauman and Bret Witter, the film stars Gyllenhaal as the working-class Boston man whose iconic photo from the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing gained worldwide notice.
Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of the marathon when two pressure-cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. When Bauman awoke the next day after surgeries and realized he could not speak, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote: “Saw the guy. Looked right at me.”
That set off a massive manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of the murders last year. The book, published in 2014, also describes Bauman’s attempts to walk again and face his new circumstances with grace, transforming from an aimless deli counter worker to a man driven with ambition and full of love.
The movie is directed by David Gordon Green from a screenplay written by Boston local John Pollono. Producers are Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman (“The Fighter”), Gyllenhaal, Scott Silver and Michel Litvak (“Whiplash”).
Executive producers are Riva Marker, Peter McGuigan, Anthony Mattero, Gary Michael Walters, Jeffrey Stott and Nicolas Stern.
Production has already started on another Lionsgate Boston Marathon bombing movie — “Patriots Day,” co-financed with CBS Films and starring Mark Wahlberg.
Richardson received Academy Award nominations for “Damage” and “Tom & Viv.” Her credits include “Empire of the Sun,” “The Crying Game,” “The Apostle,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” and “Made in Dagenham.”