Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) decides to surprise his ex-girlfriend, Erin (Tatiana Maslany), by heading to the finish line of the Boston marathon to see her cross the line. When a terrorist bomb explodes Jeff loses both his legs. Due to horrific photos of him at the bombing which quickly become iconic, he is held up by a hero by some and a prime example of ‘Boston Strong’. However, Jeff initially riles against the idea of himself as a hero, struggling with the fact that a city in need of catharsis desperately wants him to be an inspirational figure. [Read more…]
A few months ago we had Patriot’s Day, which focused on the search for the Boston Marathon bombers. Now Stronger is gearing up to give a different take on what happened after the twin explosions, looking at someone injured during the attack.
The film based on the story of Jeff Bauman, with the movie despicting how he was waiting at the finish line of the Boston Marathon for his girlfriend (Tatiana Maslany) when a bomb went off, injuring him terribly. Bauman lost both of his legs, and then had to come to terms with what happened to him, including learning how to walk again. His tale helped inpire a city that was still wounded by the double bombing.
The first trailer for the movie has now arrived, which you can watch below. David Gordon Green direct the movie, which is due out this autumn. [Read more…]
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.