Bold Films is officially producing and financing a film with Jake Gyllenhaal about the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Gyllenhaal will not only be starring as the lead role in the drama, but will also join Bold in becoming one of the film’s producers. The film titled Stronger will also be the acclaimed actor’s first project to be released under Nine Stories, a production company Gyllenhaal co-runs with Riva Marker.
“Riva and I started Nine Stories just a few months ago to support and create projects like Stronger,” Gyllenhaal said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “We are extraordinarily excited to bring this inspiring story of love and the human spirit to the big screen.”
Stronger is an adaptation of a book written by Jeff Bauman, a survivor who lost both his legs while waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line when the two bombs went off, killing three people and injuring hundreds.
Gyllenhaal will play Bauman with co-star Tatiana Maslany from Orphan Black as his girlfriend, and David Gordon Green will be directing the film which is set for a production start date of April 4.