Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm have joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s new drama “Richard Jewell” about the security guard who went from hero to suspect at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) was working as a security guard at the Olympics when he discovered a backpack containing pipe bombs and subsequently sounded the alarm and helped to clear the area.
However, the bomb did detonate, killing one person and injuring dozens of others. Initially hailed as a hero, Jewell was soon the prime suspect as the FBI searched his home twice.
A media frenzy painted him as an overweight failed cop and mama’s boy, and he became the punchline for late-night jokes. Later he was cleared, but the damage had been done. Lawsuits followed with numerous agencies forced to make public apologies.
Wilde will play real-life reporter Kathy Scruggs, who covered the event as it unfolded. Hamm will play an FBI agent investigating the bombing. The pair join Sam Rockwell as Jewell’s attorney and Kathy Bates as Jewell’s mother.
Kevin Misher, Jennifer Davisson, Tim Moore and Jessica Meier are producers while Billy Ray penned the script. Warner Bros. Pictures will release the film after acquiring it following the Disney-Fox merger.