Nickelodeon Star Alex Wolff Will Play Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in ‘Patriots Day’

Alex Wolff
Alex Wolff attends the 2016 New Group Gala in New York City. Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Nickelodeon alum Alex Wolff will star in a new movie inspired by the Boston Marathon bombing, The Wrap reports.

Wolff and newcomer Themo Melikidze will play brothers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, respectively, in the CBS Films and Lionsgate film Patriots Day.

Wolff, 18, is best known for roles in the TV series The Naked Brothers Band and movies such as The Sitter and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. His older brother is Paper Towns star Nat Wolff.

Patriots Day will center on how the terrorists carried out their two bombings, which killed three civilians and injured 264 others on April 20, 2013.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Boston Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. FBI via Getty Images

Now 22 years old, Dzhokhar, a former University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student, was sentenced to death by lethal injection in May 2015. He is currently still serving time at a federal prison in Florence, Colorado. His lawyers appealed in January 2016 to reverse the conviction and to order him to pay $101 million in restitution to the victims. The case is still ongoing. Tamerlan was killed by police officers in a shootout a few days after the attacks.

Patriots Day also stars Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons and Kevin Bacon. The Peter Berg–directed drama is currently in production in Boston and will premiere in Boston, New York and Los Angeles on December 21, 2016.

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