With dramas like “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon,” Mark Wahlberg and director Peter Berg have committed themselves to bringing true stories of American heroes to the big screen. The latter is now playing in theaters nationwide, but that’s not the last we’ll see of the pair this year. Hitting select theaters this Christmas, “Patriots Day” finds the filmmaking team tackling the events of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
The film centers around Mark Wahlberg’s Sergeant Tommy Saunders, a composite character based on real members of the Boston Police Department, who leads the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bomber. His efforts are supported by Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman), FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon) and Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons).
The film’s official synopsis reads: “In the aftermath of an unspeakable attack, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the bombers before they strike again. Weaving together the stories of Special Agent Richard DesLauriers, Police Commissioner Ed Davis, Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese and nurse Carol Saunders, this visceral and unflinching chronicle captures the suspense of one of the most sophisticated manhunts in law enforcement history and celebrates the strength of the people of Boston.”
“Patriots Day” also stars Michelle Monaghan, Alex Wolff, Melissa Benoist, Rachel Brosnahan and Vincent Curatola. Lionsgate will open the drama in New York, Los Angeles and Boston on December 21, before a nationwide expansion on January 13.
Watch the debut teaser trailer below.