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‘Patriots Day,’ ‘Stronger’ are finished filming

Jake Gyllenhaal posted a photo of himself embracing Jeff Bauman on Facebook.
Jake Gyllenhaal posted a photo of himself embracing Jeff Bauman on Facebook.Jake Gyllenhaal/Facebook

A mere 50 days after they started, the cast and crew of “Patriots Day” have wrapped up work. There are months of editing ahead, but principal photography on the film about the Boston Marathon bombings is finished.

The movie, directed by Peter Berg and starring Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman, is slated to open in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles on Dec. 21 and everywhere else
Jan. 13. The film wrapped more or less on schedule despite delays because of a snowstorm in April and several days of rain in May.

“Patriots Day,” about the bombings at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, which killed three and injured nearly 300 others, filmed scenes in Boston, Quincy, Malden, Framingham, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Woburn, Rockland, Newton, Somerville, Watertown, in Cambridge on the M.I.T. campus, and at the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station — now called SouthField — where the film crew built a replica of Boylston Street for the bombing scene.

In addition to Wahlberg, who plays a Boston cop, and Goodman, who plays former Police Commissioner Ed Davis, James Colby stars as current Police Commissioner Billy Evans, Vincent Curatola as late mayor Tom Menino, Michael Beach as former governor Deval Patrick, Kevin Bacon as the FBI’s Richard DesLauriers, J.K. Simmons as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese, Jimmy O. Yang as Dun Meng, and Michelle Monaghan. (Others who may have a cameo in the film include Sox slugger David Ortiz, Dropkick Murphy Ken Casey, former NHL player Sean Avery, and Micky Ward’s nephew Dicky Eklund Jr.)


“Patriots Day” was one of two Hollywood movies about the Marathon bombings that filmed in the city this spring. The other, “Stronger,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal as bombing survivor Jeff Bauman (and Tatiana Maslany as his wife, Erin) has also wrapped. On Facebook this week, Gyllenhaal posted a photo of himself embracing Bauman. “That’s a wrap on filming #StrongerMovie!” reads the caption. “It was a pleasure to work with director David Gordon Green to bring Jeff Bauman’s story to life.”


“Stronger” will be released next year.