Paul Greengrass is looking to diect Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in a new film set up at Fox that tells the true story of a security guard named Richard Jewell. The movie is based on a 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner called "The Ballad Of Richard Jewell."
Hill is playing Jewell, who was the security guard that discovered a backpack full of explosives in the Olympics compound at the 1996 Atlanta games. "Initially hailed a hero for reporting the suspicious knapsack and then helping clear bystanders from the area before it exploded, Jewell was subsequently vilified just three days later as a potential suspect, his life and reputation torn apart in the advent of the 24 hour news cycle."
Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play a lawyer described as "a Southern attorney who mostly did real estate closings and seemed in over his head, but he guided Jewell through a hellish Twilight Zone that went on even after the FBI officially cleared Jewell’s name three months later."
Greengrass recently directed Captain Phillips with Tom Hanks, but has also worked on films such as The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, United 93, and more. Greengrass is a talented director, and this seems like a movie that would fit his style. It will also be good to see DiCaprio and Hill working together again! If you saw The Wolf of Wall Street, then you know they make a fantastic on-screen duo.