‘Captain Phillips’ Writer Boards Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill’s Atlanta Olympics Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill
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After receiving an Oscar nomination for real-life drama “Captain Phillips,” screenwriter Billy Ray has been tapped to bring another true story to the big screen for Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill.

Ray is set to write the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing drama “The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” which is based on Marie Brenner’s article in Vanity Fair.

The drama will reunite “The Wolf of Wall Street” duo DiCaprio and Hill. Both actors, whom received an Oscar nomination for their performance in Martin Scorsese’s saga, are attached to star.

DiCaprio will produce with Jennifer Davisson Killoran through his Appian Way banner. Hill will also produce, along with Kevin Misher who discovered the article.

The Vanity Fair article follows a 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. Hill will play Jewell and DiCaprio will play the lawyer out to clear his name.

Given how many projects are in development for both actors, it’s unknown when exactly this film would move forward into production. But Fox’s expedience in acquiring rights to the story and hiring the “Captain Phillips” writer show the studio views it as a major priority.

Ray won the Writers Guild of America’s adapted screenplay award last month for “Captain Phillips.”

Ray, who also scripted “The Hunger Games,” is repped by CAA and Management 360.

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  1. Looking forward to this type of fictionalised reality. Leo, all the best!
    Remember, The Wolf of Wall Street ? I watched the movie 4 times!!

  2. Ali Rich says:

    These two transparently want an Oscar! Why don’t they both play detectives next year in True Detective? Worked a treat for Matthew McConaughey.

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