Jake Gyllenhaal is in early talks to star in Lionsgate’s Boston Marathon bombing film “Stronger.”
Variety reports that the “Southpaw” star is leading the list of actors the studio wants for the project, which will be helmed by David Gordon Green, scriptwritten by John Pollono based on Jeff Bauman’s book.
“Stronger” tells the story of Jeff Bauman, who survived the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. He was twenty-seven years old when the first bomb went off at his feet as he awaited his girlfriend at the finish line. Bauman chronicled his experience being a victim of the tragic event in a book of the same name which he co-wrote with Bret Witter. David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman and Scott Silver will be producing the project.
“Stronger” is one of three Boston Marathon bombing films being developed. 20th Century Fox’s “Boston Strong” is slated to arrive in the U.S. in 2017, while Mark Wahlberg’s “Patriots’ Day” is also currently in the works.
Jake Gyllenhaal recently appeared in boxing movie “Southpaw” and will appear alongside Amy Adams and Tom Ford in “Nocturnal Animals.”
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