Captain Phillips Director Eyes ‘American Nightmare’ Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill


Director Paul Greengrass may join his Captain Phillips screenwriter Billy Ray on the biopic drama ‘American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell’, starring The Wolf of Wall Street’s Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill. The film tells the true story of security guard Richard Jewell who, in 1996, became both a national hero and, immediately thereafter, a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.

American Nightmare movie posterRelease Date: TBA
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Genre: Biography, Drama, Adaptation
Director: Paul Greengrass
Screenwriter: Billy Ray
Cast: Jonah Hill, Leonardo DiCaprio
Running Time: Unknown
MPAA Rating: Not yet rated

Plot Summary

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are re-teaming for a new true story: that of security guard Richard Jewell who, in 1996, became both a national hero and, immediately thereafter, a suspect in the Olympic Park bombing. The Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner will serve as the primary basis for the film. Hill will play Jewell, whose life is thrown into turmoil following allegations of his involvement in the disaster. DiCaprio, meanwhile, will play his lawyer. Jewell was eventually exonerated, but not at the expense of an investigation that, for months, had the American public believing him a potential terrorist.

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