Paul Greengrass to direct The Ballad of Richard Jewell
Paul Greengrass is in talks to direct Jonah Hill in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, for 20th Century Fox.
Hill will play the security guard who reported on the knapsack bomb at the 1996 summer Olympics and helped clear bystanders — only to find himself vilified and suspected of being involved in the terrorism plot. Leonardo DiCaprio is on board to play Jewell’s lawyer.
Based on a Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner, the screenplay is being written by Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”).