Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, who star together in Martin Scorsese’s "The Wolf of Wall Street," have decided to stick together for another project. Deadline.com reports that the actors are working on an adaptation of “The Ballad Of Richard Jewell," Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article about the security guard who was falsely accused of being the bomber at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
"Initially hailed a hero for reporting the suspicious knapsack and then helping clear bystanders from the area before it exploded, Jewell was subsequently vilified just three days later as a potential suspect, his life and reputation torn apart in the advent of the 24 hour news cycle," the article reports, noting that DiCaprio "will play a lawyer Jewell knew casually, a Southern attorney who mostly did real estate closings and seemed in over his head, but he guided Jewell through a hellish Twilight Zone that went on even after the FBI officially cleared Jewell’s name three months later."
Hill is set to play Jewell in the film, the piece reports.
"The film will be produced by Appian Way’s DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Hill and Kevin Misher, the latter of whom brought in the article," the story notes. "Misher Films’ Andy Berman will also have a producing role. Mike Ireland is overseeing for Fox."
The pairing comes as both DiCaprio and Hill are nominated for Oscars for "The Wolf of Wall Street," the report notes, with DiCaprio up for lead actor and Hill nominated for his supporting role. "It is particularly a strong role for Hill, who continues his remarkable transition from comic actor to serious roles that started with an Oscar-nominated turn in ‘Moneyball’ and continues with the Rupert Goold-directed ‘True Story,’ in which Hill plays Michael Finkel, a disgraced journalist who got the chance at redemption when a suspected killer (James Franco) took Finkel’s name, and would only talk to that journalist," the report adds.