Jake Gyllenhaal is continuing his recent string of heavy dramas — including Everest, Southpaw, Nightcrawler, and Enemy — with the true story of Jeff Bauman, who lost his legs during the Boston Marathon bombing.
On Thursday the Oscar-nominated actor released a first look at the movie on his Facebook page with the photo, seen above, accompanied by a simple caption: “Love is strong.” Based on the New York Times bestselling autobiography (co-written by Bret Witter), the movie also stars Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany (pictured with Gyllenhaal) as Bauman’s then-girlfriend — they’re now married — who was running the April 15, 2013 marathon but was uninjured in the attacks.
Bauman was the subject of one of many iconic photos captured in the aftermath of the bombing. Stronger is the “deeply personal account of the heroic journey that came after that photo – defining a man’s inner courage, a community’s pride, a family’s bond, and an unexpectedly tenacious love.”
The movie, which doesn’t yet have a release date but is scheduled for sometime in 2017, is filming in Boston and is being directed by David Gordon Green (Our Brand is Crisis).