Casey Affleck to Star in Boston Marathon Drama 'Boston Strong'

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The project is based on Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s book

Boston native Casey Affleck is set to tackle Boston Strong, the story of the aftermath of the 2013 Boston Marathon attack that left three dead and scores wounded, THR has confirmed.

The project, which is not set up at a studio yet, is based on Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge’s book of the same name, which was adapted on spec by The Fighter writers Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy. Affleck, who would star in and produce, and fellow producers John Ridley and Dorothy Aufiero plan to begin taking the project out to potential financiers in the coming weeks.

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The project is a natural fit for Affleck. The actor, like his older brother Ben Affleck, graduated from the same high school, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, as the two men alleged to have carried out the bombings (Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed in a shootout with police, while Dzhokhar Tsarnaev will stand trial in January).

The expression "Boston Strong" became shorthand for describing the way the city dealt with the attack. However, it became so popular — emblazoned on athletic wear and associated with the local sports teams — that some found that its overuse belittled the suffering of the victims, including dozens of amputees.

Affleck is repped by WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

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