As Mark Wahlberg’s account of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, Patriots Day, continues to roll in and around Boston, a big name has joined the cast.
John Goodman, currently on screen in 10 Cloverfield Lane, will play former Boston Police commissioner Ed Davis, whose account of the events provides the basis for the movie, which is being directed by Peter Berg (Lone Survivor, Friday Night Lights). Davis was right in the middle of the efforts of the Boston Police Department, the Watertown (Mass.) Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police and the FBI in tracking and eventually apprehending Dzokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two perpetrators of the attack. Tsarnaev’s brother and cohort in the attack, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a standoff and subsequent shootout in Watertown three days after the attack that rocked the annual Boston tradition.
In a statement, Berg said of Davis and Goodman, “Commissioner Davis is an American hero, and John Goodman brings the extraordinary combination of humility, gravitas and empathy to portray him.”
Wahlberg, a Boston native and also a co-producer of Patriots Day, will star as a composite character of multiple Boston Police officers central to the investigation and manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers.
Goodman, most recently seen in Trumbo and Meet the Coopers, is of course most well known for his role on Roseanne and his steady work with the Coen Brothers.