Casting is underway on Clint Eastwood’s next directorial effort, with Paul Walter Hauser (I, Tonya) and Oscar-winners Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Kathy Bates (Misery) signing on to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewell.
The real-life tale will see Hauser portraying Jewell, a security guard whose life was torn apart by the media after discovering a bomb during the Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
Rockwell is set to play the attorney who represents Jewell after he is wrongly accused by the news media of being a possible suspect in the attack. Bates meanwhile has been cast as Richard’s mother Bobi Jewell.
An earlier version of The Ballad of Richard Jewell was in the works back in 2014, with The Wolf of Wall Street’s Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio attached to produce and star.