Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill reunite for Olympics tale
Story by Jack Foley
LEONARDO DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are to reunite on-screen for another movie based on a true story.
Fresh from their Oscar nominated success on Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, the duo will tell the true story of Richard Jewell, the security guard who went from hero to suspect at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
The film is based on a Vanity Fair article called The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which was written by Marie Brenner and which – according to The Hollywood Reporter – has been picked up by Twentieth Century Fox for the duo to star in.
DiCaprio will also produce.
The story will recall how Jewell discovered a back-pack containing pipe bombs while working as a security guard at the 1996 Summer Games, sounding the alarm and helping to clear the area.
In spite of his efforts, however, the bomb did detonate, killing one person and injuring dozens of others, and Jewell went from being hailed as a hero to being perceived as the prime suspect, being placed under intense FBI and media scrutiny.
Jewell was eventually cleared but his reputation had been damaged to such an extent that lawsuits followed with Jewell taking on NBC, CNN and the FBI as well as other government agencies in order to gain public apologies.
Jewell eventually died in 2007 at the age of 44.
According to the report, Hill is being lined up to play Jewell, with DiCaprio taking on the role of his lawyer.
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