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JK Simmons joins Mark Wahlberg Boston Marathon bomber story


Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR winner JK Simmons is joining Mark Wahlberg in the Boston Marathon bombing film Patriots’ Day.

Peter Berg is directing the drama, which focuses on the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Wahlberg heads the cast as a composite Boston Police Department officer who is central to the investigation and subsequent manhunt.

Simmons, who won the Oscar for drumming drama Whiplash, has signed on to play Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese of the Watertown Police Department, who distinguished himself in combat with Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Announcing the casting news, Berg said in a statement: “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. This is an actor who will represent the role in the best way possible.”

Simmons is hotter than hot since winning the Oscar. He will next be seen in The Meddler with Susan Sarandon and Rose Byrne, which is due out in April, and will reunite with Whiplash writer-director Damien Chazelle for his next film, La La Land.

He also has The Accountant with Ben Affleck, Bastards with Owen Wilson and Ed Helms and The Snowman with Michael Fassbender.

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