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The members of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center’s #RaceforRehab Boston Marathon team got a surprise Saturday (April 16) when Mark Wahlberg walked into the Revere Hotel, where the runners had gathered for a rally. The actor, in town shooting the Marathon bombing movie “Patriots Day,” thanked the runners for their fund-raising efforts. He was joined by actor Michael Beach, a Roxbury native who’s playing former governor Deval Patrick in the movie.

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Mark Wahlberg, along with CBS Films, purchased the rights for Boston Strong, a novel about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, from 20th Century Fox with plans to release a film about the events.

News surfaced earlier this year that Wahlberg was producing a Boston marathon bombings film, entitled ‘Patriots’ Day.’ The two stories, both now owned by CBS Films, will be combined into a single film.

Wahlberg is expected to play Boston police Detective Danny Keeler in the movie.

Two films, a play, and an HBO documentary are currently in the works, causing mixed reactions.

“The Richards would prefer that no movies be made about the bombings at the Boston Marathon,” said Nancy Sterling to The Associated Press. Sterling is a spokeswoman for the family of eight-year-old Martin Richard. He was the youngest of the three people killed in the attack.

Others see the film as portraying a moment in history.

“I know a lot of people were disturbed by that, but I don’t have a problem with it,” said Karen Brassard, whose husband and daughter also were hurt in the bombings. “It’s a part of history.”

A release date for the Wahlberg-starring film has not yet been announced. The HBO documentary, entitled ‘Finish Line,’ is expected to be released on April 1, 2016.

[runningmagazine.ca]