LOS ANGELES and SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CBS Films and Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) announced that Melissa Benoist (Whiplash, Supergirl), Emmy-nominee Khandi Alexander (Scandal, Treme) and Jake Picking (Goat, The Way Way Back) have joined Academy Award®-nominee Mark Wahlberg (The Departed, Lone Survivor), Golden Globe-winner John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Inside Llewyn Davis, Argo), Academy Award-Winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Zootopia), Golden Globe-nominee Michelle Monaghan (True Detective, Gone Baby Gone), Golden Globe-winner Kevin Bacon (Black Mass, Mystic River), Michael Beach (The 100, Sons of Anarchy), Jimmy O. Yang (Silicon Valley, Criminal Minds), Vincent Curatola (The Good Wife, The Sopranos), Alex Wolff (In Treatment, Coming Through The Rye), James Colby (Limitless, Jessica Jones), Themo Melikidze (Faceless, Beautiful Something), Emmy-nominee Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards, Woody Allen Amazon Project) and Christopher O'Shea (Madam Secretary, Point of Honor) in PATRIOTS DAY. The film is being directed by Peter Berg (Deepwater Horizon, Lone Survivor) and produced by Scott Stuber, Mark Wahlberg, Hutch Parker, Dylan Clark, Stephen Levinson, Dorothy Aufiero and Michael Radutzky.
PATRIOTS DAY chronicles the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Benoist is playing Katherine Russell, Alexander is playing a law enforcement interrogator and Picking is playing MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.
PATRIOTS DAY is being co-financed by CBS Films and Lionsgate with the former handling production and marketing and the latter handling distribution.
UTA and Anonymous Content represent Melissa Benoist. Khandi Alexander is represented by Green & Associates. Innovative Artists and Management 360 represent Jake Picking. The film is currently in production in Boston and will open in Boston, New York and Los Angeles on December 21, 2016.
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