Everyday we hear stories about love and compassion in the face of terrible tragedy. The Boston Marathon bombing devastated the nation, but it also showcased our collective strength as a nation of families and loved ones. It was a terrifying, national event that brought – and still brings – families together. David Gordon Green’s upcoming film Stronger aims to tackle that very idea, with Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown joining Jake Gyllenhaal on the film’s heartbreaking yet inspirational journey.
A new report from Variety indicates that Miranda Richardson and Clancy Brown have signed on to the cast of David Gordon Green’s Boston marathon bombing film, Stronger. Not much has come forward in terms of character details, but we know that Richardson and Brown will portray the parents of Jake Gyllenhaal’s character Jeff Bauman – a real life, blue-collar Bostonian who became famous for a picture he took of the bombers during that horrific day in 2013, and suffered terrible injuries during the blast at the finish line of the marathon.
Stronger has certainly done its due diligence in making sure that it casts actors with the appropriate prestige to tackle such a heart-wrenching topic. Miranda Richardson has had a long and esteemed career on both stage and screen, appearing in projects ranging from The Phantom of the Opera to the Harry Potter franchise. Clancy Brown has similarly experienced his own success as a character actor, with screen credits in numerous high-profile films and television shows including The Shawshank Redemption, numerous DC animated properties, and even the second season of Netflix’s Daredevil.
In addition to Jake Gyllenhaal, Miranda Richardson, and Clancy Brown, Stronger has enlisted the acting talents of Tatiana Maslany to round out the cast. Maslany will portray Erin Hurley, Jeff Bauman’s girlfriend, whom the film’s protagonist was waiting for when the bombs went off at the finish line.
Of course, Stronger isn’t the only film coming out that deals with the horrific events of the Boston Marathon bombing. Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming thriller Patriots' Day will similarly tackle that devastating day. However, unlike Patriots' Day, Stronger will delve more into the aftermath of the malicious attack, showing how a man like Jeff Bauman learned to cope, and regain numerous physical capabilities following a life-altering incident.
We will bring you all of the latest and greatest details related to Stronger as they become available to us. The film will hit theaters in 2017.