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Casting Company Seeks Extras For Boston Marathon Bombing Movie

BOSTON (CBS) – A Massachusetts casting company is looking for extras for a Hollywood movie about the events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Boston Casting, Inc., an Allston-based company, will be holding an open call on Sunday, March 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for the upcoming movie "Patriots Day."

Filmmakers are looking for general extras, police officers, SWAT Team members, firefighters, doctors, nurses, paramedics and marathon runners.

The World Series trophy and the 'Boston Strong 617' jersey sit on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street during the World Series victory parade on November 2, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Candidates, who must be at least 18 years old, are asked to bring a photo to the casting call.

According to Boston Casting, filming will take place from March 29 to May 31. A release date has been set for Dec. 21 for theaters in Boston, New York and Los Angeles, before a wider release on Jan. 13, 2017.

The movie will star Dorchester native Mark Wahlberg. Oscar winner J.K. Simmons is set to play Watertown Police Sgt. Jeffrey Pugliese.

Former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis, now a WBZ-TV security analyst, will also be a character in the film.

Filming plans for the movie caused brief controversy in Watertown. Producers planned to recreate the shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers in the Watertown neighborhood where it took place.

Not all residents agreed with the plans, and town officials said the filming would not take place in Watertown.

Patriots Day is being produced by WBZ's sister company CBS Films.

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