Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have secured Oscar-nominated screenwriter Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”) to pen their recently-announced project “The Balad of Richard Jewell”, reports Variety.
The real-life drama is based on Marie Brenner’s article in Vanity Fair which details the actions of a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games.
The security guard, Richard Jewel, discovers a knapsack bomb and helps to clear bystanders, only to become a suspect in the case.
The film will reunite “Wolf of Wall Street” stars Jonah Hill, who will play Jewel, and Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play Jewel’s attorney.
You can read the Vanity Fair article, “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewel”, here.