fb-pixel Skip to main content

‘Patriots Day’ to film at Officer Sean Collier’s former residence

MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.Middlesex District Attorney’s Office via AP/file/Associated Press

Filmmakers plan to shoot scenes for an upcoming movie about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings at the former home of MIT Officer Sean Collier, according to a permit filed with and approved by Somerville officials.

Filming for “Patriots Day,” which stars Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg, is slated to take place on April 15, at the Somerville residence.

The date of filming listed on the application falls on the third anniversary of the attack on Boylston Street that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

Collier, who was fatally shot by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev days after the brothers detonated two pressure-cooker bombs at the marathon, lived at the residence at the time of his death.


According to the public event license granted to CBS Films Inc., which is producing the movie, “filming will be inside.”

But the company will need “parking throughout the neighborhood to accommodate production vehicles and equipment.”

“It’s an internal scene, so nothing is being done on the street at all. It’s an innocuous scene inside of someone’s residence,” said city spokeswoman Jaclyn Rossetti.

Preparation for filming will begin on April 13 and 14, with the actual shoot taking place on April 15, between 5 a.m. and 8 p.m., according to details. The company said it plans to wrap up on April 16 and 18.

A movie production representative said in a statement that for “privacy, security, and safety of our film and our location partners, we do not disclose future locations or scene information.”

Travis Dixon, Collier’s former roommate who still lives in the apartment, said film crews had reached out to him about shooting there, but the decision was ultimately up to the city and his landlord.

“I don’t know anything about what they are filming,” he said in a telephone interview. “They told us they were interested, and they would contact us.”


Dixon added that the movie, “depending on how they go about it,” will hopefully give people better insight into who Collier and the other victims of the bombings were as individuals.

“And let people see them more than how they saw them in the news,” he said.

Manuel Rabelo, who is listed as the property owner in the city assessor’s database, confirmed that “Patriots Day” would be filming at the location.

Rabelo called Collier “a good man.”

“He paid the rent on time, and I had no problems with him. He was a good person,” Rabelo said.

“Patriots Day” is being directed by Peter Berg, who last month was also given the go-ahead to film scenes on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, where Collier worked as an officer.

In an e-mail sent to the MIT community on March 24, Israel Ruiz, the school’s executive VP and treasurer, said Berg has been given permission to film “entirely peaceful scenes.”

“The film will include Sean as a character and will tell his story as a member of our community,” Ruiz wrote at the time.

Filmmakers have not been as successful in their attempts to secure permits to film in other areas nearby. Residents and officials in Watertown, where a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers took place, last month opposed a plan to re-create the incident there. Filming would have required simulated gunshots late at night.


Crews were also denied a request to film scenes at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student. School officials had said that filming on campus would be “too disruptive.”

“Patriots Day” is expected to be filming in the Boston area through May. The cast includes John Goodman, who will play former Boston Police Commisioner Ed Davis; J.K. Simmons, who will play Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese; Kevin Bacon, who will play the FBI’s Richard DesLauriers; and Jimmy O. Yang, who will portray Dun Meng, the Chinese national who was carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.