Shortly after the Boston Marathon bombing there was an unsurprising but rather unsightly scramble to start developing movies about the events. Thankfully things slowed down after that initial rush, but now one is moving forward, Stronger, which Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star in.
Now Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany is in talks to join him, according to TheWrap.
Gyllenhaal is set to play Jeff Bauman, who survived the bombing but lost both legs. Bauman had a central role in the event, as film will ‘detail the aftermath of the 2013 attack at the marathon finish line, where Bauman had been cheering for his girlfriend [to be played by Maslany]. A photo of Bauman moments after the blast remains one of the best-known images from the tragedy, which killed three and injured more than 260. When Bauman awoke the next day after surgeries and realized he could not speak, he asked for a pad and paper and wrote: “Saw the guy. Looked right at me.” That set off a massive manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who was convicted of the murders in April.’
David Gordon Green is set to direct the movie, with John Pollono writing the script, based on a book by Bauman and Bret Witter.