“The Wolf of Wall Street” team of Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are teaming up again for a movie based on Richard Jewell, the security guard who found the backpack bomb at Atlanta’s 1996 Olympics. The news was confirmed to E! Online by DiCaprio’s rep on Feb. 4.
After finding the bomb in Centennial Olympic park, Jewell cleared the surrounding area of bystanders before the explosion occurred. He was lauded as a hero but a short three days later found himself accused of being the bombing suspect. It took the FBI 3 months to clear Jewell with the help of his attorney. Hill will be playing Jewell while DiCaprio plays the lawyer.
The actual bomber, Eric Rudolph, who was also responsible for a series of anti-abortion and anti-gay bombings across the southeast, wasn’t captured until 2003. His 2005 confession to the Atlanta bombing cleared Jewell’s name once and for all. Jewell died if natural causes in 2007 at the age of 44.
Both Hill and DiCaprio have earned Academy Award nominations for their roles in “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The re-pairing should be a good one.
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