Jake Gyllenhaal Eyeing Lionsgate's Boston Bombing Movie

Jake Gyllenhaal 2015 ESPYs - P 2015
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Jake Gyllenhaal 2015 ESPYs - P 2015

David Gordon Green is directing the drama.

Jake Gyllenhaal, fresh off critical acclaim for his work in boxing drama Southpaw, is eyeing the lead role in Lionsgate's Boston Marathon bombing film Stronger.

Stronger is based on Jeff Bauman, a survivor who lost both his legs in the attack and has been gaining traction among the trio or so Boston Marathon Bombing movie projects that are spread around town. Two weeks ago, THR broke the news that David Gordon Green was in negotiations to direct the project.

Bauman was waiting for his girlfriend at the finish line of the annual marathon when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others. He chronicled his experience being a key witness in the trial of bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his attempts at rehab in a book titled Stronger, co-written by Bret Witter.

John Pollono wrote the script.

David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films/TV are producing along with Scott Silver. The trio worked together on David O. Russell's The Fighter, and were rewarded with Oscar nominations.

If a deal is secured (it's very early; there has not been an offer yet), the role would be the latest of intense dramas and acting showcases that Gyllenhaal has been focusing on. The actor next stars in Demolition, what is expected to be a searing drama from director Jean-Marc Vallee and kicks off the Toronto Film Festival.

He also toplines Everest, the movie that tells the true account of an Everest expedition gone wrong. He is attached to star in Nocturnal Animals, Tom Ford's return to the director's chair.