Mark Wahlberg Is Boston Proud in New 'Patriots Day' Trailer


After taking on a real-life rig explosion in Deepwater Horizon, Mark Wahlberg is tackling another ripped-from-the-headlines subject in his next film, Patriots Day.

The movie, based on the true events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, finds Wahlberg as police sergeant Tommy Saunders. When four people are killed and 264 more are injured in the attack, Sgt. Saunders, along with the rest of the force, must deal with the bombing and the subsequent city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

"Some events test our courage," the text reads in the teaser trailer. "Some people inspire our strength. And some moments define our spirit."

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The real-life tragedy took place on April 15, 2013, the third Monday in April, which is reserved as a state holiday in Massachusetts, called Patriots' Day. The holiday was created to commemorate the anniversary of the first battles of the American Revolutionary War.

The Boston Marathon has been run every Patriots' Day since April 19, 1897.

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Patriots Day, also starring John Goodman and Michelle Monaghan, opens in limited release Dec. 21, and goes wide on Jan. 13.