Clint Eastwood is in talks to reunite with Leonard DiCaprio in a new movie about the Georgia police officer suspected of planting a bomb at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.
DiCaprio’s The Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill has been tapped to play Richard Jewell, who was initially hailed a hero after he discovered a backpack full of pipe bombs and evacuated the area.
He became a media target after it was discovered that FBI profilers had listed him as a suspect, but he was never charged and was eventually exonerated.
DiCaprio, who is helping to produce the project, is reportedly set to portray Jewell’s lawyer, and now his J. Edgar filmmaker Eastwood has become the latest director to be linked to the top job, reports Deadline.com.
Paul Greengrass and David O. Russell had also previously been approached to tackle the biopic. The script has been adapted from a 1997 Vanity Fair article, titled The Ballad of Richard Jewell.