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Mark Wahlberg to produce and possibly star in Boston bombing Patriots Day movie

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Story by Jack Foley

MARK Wahlberg is to co-produce and potentially star in a film about the 2013 bombing of the Boston Marathon.

Patriots’ Day will be based on the first-hand account of Ed Davis, the Boston Police commissioner who played a key role in the hunt for the brothers held responsible for the attack that claimed the lives of three people, including an eight-year-old boy, and left more than 260 people injured.

The attack occurred after two pressure cooker bombs packed with nails, ball bearings and other shrapnel detonated in April 2013. It prompted a city-wide manhunt during which a police officer was fatally shot days after the attack.

One of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died during a shoot-out with police. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, was captured a day later and is currently on trial.

Wahlberg is already on board the project as a co-producer but is also being lined up to play the leading role of Davis.

CBS Films president Terry Press commented: “There is nothing more compelling than a real story populated by real heroes.”

He added that Patriots’ Day will be “an intense thriller, spanning the five-day search up to the infamous siege… in Watertown” near Boston.

Twentieth Century Fox is also working on a rival project, entitled Boston Strong, about the deadliest terror attack on US soil since 9/11.

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