Mark Wahlberg stars as a police officer in “Patriots Day”, the upcoming drama about the Boston Marathon Bombing in April 2013.
Based on true events, Wahlberg is Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders, a man stationed near the finish line of the marathon when a bomb is detonated. Following the chaos and confusion of the terror attack, Saunders joins the courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in the race against the clock on the hunt for the bombing suspects. The story weaves together the perspective of multiple characters including Special Agent Richard Desaulriers (Kevin Bacon), Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese (J.K. Simmons), Police Commissioner Ed Davis (John Goodman) and Saunders’ wife, nurse Carol Saunders (Michelle Monaghan) in an unflinching account of the aftermath of the bombing. “Patriots Day” acts as both a celebration to the people of Boston and an account of one of the largest and most sophisticated coordinated manhunts in law enforcement history.
The film marks the third time Wahlberg has teamed-up with director Peter Berg. The actor stars in two of Berg’s previous films, 2013’s “Lone Survivor” and “Deepwater Horizon”, both of which are based on harrowing true stories. ET Canada recently caught up with Wahlberg to talk about bringing the gripping events of “Deepwater Horizon” to the big screen.
“Patriots Day” arrives in theatres beginning December 21, expanding through more cities in January.