Mark Wahlberg's Patriots Day Just Added John Goodman, Here's Who He'll Play

Sometimes the worst events bring out the best in us. America has been attacked on many occasions, and every single time we have seen heroes rise from the chaos. Mark Wahlberg’s upcoming film Patriots Day will explore the events that took place at the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, as well as the men and women who answered the call of duty following that terrible act. The film already has a star-studded cast, and has just enlisted one of our all time favorites: John Goodman.


We’ve just learned that John Goodman represents the latest actor to be cast in the upcoming Lionsgate thriller Patriots Day. Goodman will take on the role of former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis. A real life figure, Ed Davis played an integral role in mobilizing law enforcement following the tragic bombing that took place at the Boston marathon in 2013. His work helped unify numerous agencies, allowing them to work together in order to hunt down the suspects in the terrorist attack and bring them to justice.

Patriots Day director Peter Berg spoke out recently about the movie, as well as his praise for John Goodman’s potential for taking on the character:

Commissioner Davis is an American hero, and John Goodman brings the extraordinary combination of humility, gravitas and empathy to portray him.

It goes without saying that we couldn’t be more thrilled to know that John Goodman will be taking part in Patriots Day. Over the course of his long career, he has become one of the most reliable character actors Hollywood has ever seen, and the role of Ed Davis could be the next in a long line of stellar performances. It really does seem like a perfect fit; there’s a certain balance of strength and emotional sensitivity required for one to take on a part like this, and that’s exactly the sort of thing Goodman excels at.

In addition to Mark Wahlberg and John Goodman, Patriots Day has also enlisted the acting chops of recent Oscar winner J.K. Simmons, who will similarly portray a Boston Police sergeant named Jeffrey Pugliese. Seriously, we cannot get enough of the sheer acting talent that has begun to fill this movie.

We will keep you posted regarding any updates associated with Patriots Day as they become available to us. The film is currently slated for a December 21 limited release, and it will subsequently experience a wide release on January 13 of next year. Stay tuned for more details!

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.