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John Goodman Boards Boston Marathon Bombing Pic ‘Patriots Day’ (EXCLUSIVE)

John Goodman is set to play former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis in CBS Films and Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing thriller “Patriots Day.”

Mark Wahlberg and J.K. Simmons also star.

The movie will be directed by Peter Berg and written by Matt Charman based on the account of Davis. Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Michael Radutzky and Dorothy Aufiero are producing and the film chronicles the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing.

Patriots Day” will be co-financed by CBS Films and Lionsgate with the former handling production and marketing and the latter handling distribution. It will bow on Dec. 21, 2016.

The film will follow the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and its aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it. Davis played an integral role in working with the FBI, Watertown Police Department, Boston Police Department, Massachusetts State Police and local first responders to track, identify and apprehend the suspected bombers.

“Commissioner Davis is an American hero, and John Goodman brings the extraordinary combination of humility, gravitas and empathy to portray him,” commented Berg.

Wahlberg, a Boston native, will portray a Boston Police Department officer who was also central to the investigation and manhunt.

Goodman has stayed busy alternating between prestige pics like “Trumbo” that receive awards praise to commercial tentpoles like the upcoming “10 Cloverfield Lane,” which bows today.

Goodman just finished filming the Focus thriller “The Coldest City” opposite Charlize Theron and also has “Kong: Skull Island” and the Luc Besson pic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” opening in 2017.

He is repped by Gersh and Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz.

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