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Mark Wahlberg to film Boston bombing movie

Mark Wahlberg is working on a film telling the story of the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, and plans to shoot in the actual locations in Massachusetts.

A pair of pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured around 270 others in the attack on 15 April.

Chechen brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were quickly identified as suspects and were hunted across Boston before being confronted in a violent firefight with authorities. 

Tamerlan was killed, but Dzhokhar was arrested and two years later sentenced to death for his role in the bombing.

Wahlberg’s movie will be filmed as Patriots Day, which is when the Boston Marathon is held each year.

The actor and producer will work with director Peter Berg, marking their third collaboration together after Lone Survivor and the upcoming oil rig disaster movie Deepwater Horizon (pictured). 

The Patriots Day production team plans to spend several nights on location in the Boston suburb where the Tsarnaev brothers were found, to recreate the shootout that ended the manhunt.

A separate production telling the story of the Boston Marathon bombing is being developed by actor and producer Jake Gyllenhaal. Stronger will tell the story of Jeff Bauman, who lost both his legs in the bombing, and is scheduled for production in the coming months.

Massachusetts offers a 25% filming incentive and has been a popular movie location in recent years, particularly for true-life stories like Black Mass, Spotlight and The Finest Hours. A new Ghostbusters movie also used Boston as a base last summer, doubling the city for New York.

For more on filming in Massachusetts see our production guide.