While lesser-known celebrities and Hollywood executives continue to protest or cancel productions because of Georgia’s new abortion law, one of entertainment’s biggest names is moving full-speed ahead with his latest movie. Clint Eastwood is set to start filming this summer his latest film, “Richard Jewell.” The movie is about the security guard who was initially accused in a pipe-bombing that rocked Atlanta’s 1996 Summer Olympics.
Jewell was eventually cleared by the FBI, but only after then-AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs reported that Jewell was a suspect. What followed was arguably the nation’s first 24-hour media firestorm, with news choppers circling almost 24 hours a day over Jewell’s Brookhaven apartment and news crews constantly camped outside his residence.
Jewell maintained his innocence throughout, and eventually became a police officer. However, he died a few years later, in 2007 due to heart failure.
Variety first reported that Paul Walter Hauser will portray Jewell in the Warner Bros. film, along with Sam Rockwell as Jewell’s attorney and Kathy Bates as Jewell’s mother. The film is based on Marie Brenner’s article in Vanity Fair chronicling Jewell’s story. Eastwood is directing and producing through his Malpaso production banner. See more at Patch.