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Peter Berg’s second film of 2016, Patriots Day, has landed a sweet spot at AFI Fest, Closing Night Film on November 17th. This could bode well for the film’s Oscar chances; last year eventual Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar winner, The Big Short, closed the festival. The film joins the previously announced Rules Don’t Apply (Opening Night film), Miss Sloane, Moana, 20th Century Women and La La Land.
Patriots Day stars Oscar-nominee Mark Wahlberg as Sgt. Tommy Saunders and tells the story the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the manhunt that ensued. It also stars John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, Oscar winner J.K. Simmons and Michelle Monaghan. This is the second Berg-Wahlberg collaboration this year; another true story drama, Deepwater Horizon, opened in September.
CBS Films and Lionsgate will release the film limited on December 21st and wider in January.
Watch the teaser trailer here: