Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill Reteam on Atlanta Olympics Drama

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill
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Story is based on a Vanity Fair article

20th Century Fox has closed a deal to acquire the rights to the Vanity Fair article “The Ballad of Richard Jewell” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill attached to star.

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

The 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.

No writer or director are attached at this time.

DiCaprio and Hill currently star in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” Both are repped by LBI Entertainment and Hill is repped by WME.

Deadline Hollywood was the first to report the news.

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  1. lisa runnels says:

    leo,has so many films in the works,i can’t keep up with all of them—-

  2. Dobson says:

    Bullshit you are a ‘confirmed atheist’. Nice try Fox News parrot.

  3. Martin says:

    Great idea for a movie.

  4. zal says:

    well how else are you going to promote and shove a no talent star down people’s throat, by pairing him with another no talent mega star. PR is everything a gazillion takes for every angel and a tone of money make it possible. Have you ever seen a decent monologue from any of these people.?

  5. Eric in Arlington says:

    Please – no more Jonah Hill. He’s overstayed his welcome by about five years now.

  6. Bill Weeden says:

    Richard Jewell was not a journalist. “Reporting” on something doesn’t!make u a journalist.

  7. This line from the wikipedia entry seems appropriate:

    “Jewell’s case is considered an example of the damage that can be done by reporting based on unreliable or incomplete information.”

  8. really? says:

    Richard Jewell was a security guard, not a reporter.

    Justin Kroll’s reporting makes me think he is a security guard

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