Mark Wahlberg’s Boston Marathon movie to film at late MIT Police Officer Sean Collier’s former home

He lived in Somerville at the time of the Boston Marathon bombings.

MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

Filmmakers shot scenes for Mark Wahlberg’s Patriots’ Day in Quincy last week, and it seems they’ll soon be making a stop in Somerville, as well.

The movie — about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers that followed — has plans to shoot scenes at the former residence of the late MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, according to The Boston Globe. The permit was filed with and approved by Somerville officials.

A few days following the Marathon bombings, Collier was fatally shot by Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in his cruiser on MIT’s campus.

According to the Globe, filming at the Somerville residence will take place from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. on April 15 — the third anniversary of the bombings.

The public event license granted to CBS Films, which was acquired by the Globe, says that “filming will be inside.” The studio will, however, use space in the neighborhood to “accommodate production vehicles and equipment.” The shoot will wrap up on April 16 and 18.

Patriots’ Day director Peter Berg also received approval to shoot scenes on MIT’s campus. The school’s executive vice president, Israel Ruiz, emailed a letter to the MIT community addressing the film crew’s intention to portray Collier as a character in the movie.

“Berg has asked for MIT’s permission to film on our campus entirely peaceful scenes of Sean driving to campus, walking to a room, and talking to graduate students,” Ruiz wrote in his letter. “We and Mr. Berg agree that the scene depicting Sean’s murder will not be filmed at MIT.”


Filming on MIT’s campus will take place after MIT’s 2016 commencement. Exact locations and dates have not yet been determined.

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