Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill must have hit it off while making The Wolf of Wall Street as the duo has just announced they will once again be collaborating on an extremely interesting project.
Deadline is reporting that DiCaprio and Hill are planning to produce a new drama based on Marie Brenner's 1997 Vanity Fair article, The Ballad Of Richard Jewell. Richard Jewell was a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics who discovered a bomb on the premises and evacuated bystanders before it exploded. Although originally hailed as a hero, he was soon vilified by the press as a suspect.
The film is being produced by 's Appian Way and will feature (who will also produce) in the lead role. DiCaprio himself will also star as a lawyer Jewell knew casually and who attempted to represent his friend. Despite being used to nothing more complex than real estate closings, the out-of-his-depth lawyer guided Jewell through his personal hell.
Richard Jewell's story is certainly a cautionary tale against the insidious influence of 24 hour television network news. In an environment of vicious competition and information vacuums, 24 hour news networks often cling to rumors and speculation which is then regurgitated as fact in an attempt to lead reporting. This is something we've seen time and time again, but Richard Jewell's tragic case is an illustration of how it can destroy an innocent man's life.
Soon after being regaled as a hero, Jewell was labelled as an anti-social lone bomber, who merely wanted attention and praise. Usually these assertions were based on fact-less coincidences or leaked law enforcement reports of no credibility.
If this movie makes it to theaters it will certainly be even more evidence of Hill's triumphant turn towards 'serious' acting. The star, who made his name in comedy, has increasingly forged a career as a more dramatic actor, including Oscar nominated performances in Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street.
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