Mark Wahlberg Searches for Boston Marathon Bombers in ‘Patriots Day’ Trailer

Dave McNary

Mark Wahlberg is in a race against time in the first official trailer for “Patriots Day,” portraying a Boston police sergeant in the story of the hunt for the Boston Marathon bombers.

The trailer — released Monday by Lionsgate and CBS Films following its teaser debut last month — opens with scenes of Wahlberg going to work, being greeted by John Goodman’s police commissioner, and watching the joyful crowd at the 2013 race before the bomb creates devastation near the finish line. That triggers a massive search for perpetrators.

“We’ve got to find these guys before they do this to someone else,” he says.

Besides the story as seen through Wahlberg’s eyes, the trailer also shows special agent Richard DesLauriers (Kevin Bacon) taking charge of the investigation.

Aside from stars Bacon, Wahlberg, and Goodman, the cast also includes J.K. Simmons as Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese and Michelle Monaghan as nurse Carol Saunders.

The drama is directed by Peter Berg and written by Berg & Matt Cook and Joshua Zetumer from a story by Berg & Cook, and Paul Tamasy & Eric Johnson.

The film is set to close the AFI Fest on Thursday at the TCL Chinese Theatre. “Patriots Day” opens in Boston, Los Angeles, and New York on Dec. 21 and goes wide on Jan. 13.

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