Leonardo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill Reteam for 'Ballad Of Richard Jewell'
by Ethan Anderton
February 4, 2014
After making for a hilarious and award worthy duo in The Wolf of Wall Street, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are teaming up on the big screen again for another true story. Deadline has word that Fox has picked up the rights to a Vanity Fair article called The Ballad of Richard Jewell, the story of the security guard who discovered an explosive laden backpack at the 1996 Olympics compound in Atlanta and cleared bystanders, only to be turned on when he was labeled a potential suspect three days after being called a hero. Jonah Hill would play the lead this time though with DiCaprio in a supporting role. Read on!
Vanity Fair describes their article as follows:
On July 30, 1996, the media identified Richard Jewell as the F.B.I.'s prime suspect in the Olympic Park bombing. For the first time, the 34-year-old security guard tells his extraordinary story: his brief moment as a national hero, his hounding by the Feds and the press, and his eccentric friendship with the unknown southern lawyer who helped him through his public torment.
DiCaprio would play the southern lawyer, and it sounds like this won't be quite the silly romp that The Wolf of Wall Street was. For anyone who has doubted Hill's talents, it speaks to his skill that DiCaprio is also producing the film through his Appian Way banner and thinks Hill is the right man to lead a film like this. Honestly, he deserves a shot to lead a film that isn't a straight-up comedy, especially with two Oscar nominations under his belt for Best Supporting Actor. The question is who will write the script and direct?