The Brokeback Mountain star was recently cast as Jeff Bauman, who was cheering on his girlfriend Erin Hurley as she completed the race in April, 2013. He lost both of his legs when two explosions ripped through the crowds near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 260 others.

Now the Woman in Gold actress is poised to lace up her running shoes to play Erin, according to

Stronger, based on Jeff's 2014 memoir of the same name - in which he detailed the aftermath of the tragedy, will be directed by Pineapple Express filmmaker David Gordon Green. An image of Jeff in a wheelchair, being rushed to paramedics moments after the blast, remains one of the most-recognised images from the attack.

Stronger is just one of three movies in development about the marathon bombings - Boston native Mark Wahlberg is producing a film titled Patriots' Day, while Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is working on another called Boston Strong.