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Michael Beach has joined Mark Wahlberg in Boston Marathon bombing movie “Patriots Day” and will play former Gov. Deval Patrick.

The film, based on accounts from the 2013 bombing and the ensuing search for the Tsarnaev brothers, has started filming in the Boston area. The blasts killed three and injured 264 others, resulting in Patrick ordering the region’s transportation system shut down and asking Boston’s residents to stay sheltered.

Patrick served two terms as governor from 2007 to 2015.

The cast includes Kevin Bacon, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Jimmy O. Yang, Vincent Curatola and James Colby. Peter Berg is directing from a script by Matt Charman (“Bridge of Spies”).

Wahlberg, Scott Stuber, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Michael Radutzky and Dorothy Aufiero are producing. CBS Films and Lionsgate are co-financing and Lionsgate will release “Patriots Day” on Dec. 21.

Wahlberg, a Boston native, will portray a Boston Police Department officer who was central to the investigation and manhunt. Curatola will portray longtime Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Bacon will play FBI agent Richard DesLauriers; James Colby will portray Billy Evans, superintendent in charge for the Boston Police Department; and Goodman will play police commissioner Ed Davis.

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Beach’s credits include “The 100,”  “Sons of Anarchy,” “Secrets and Lies” and “The Game.”