Warner Bros has released the first trailer for Clint Eastwood‘s latest film, “Richard Jewell,” starring Paul Walter Hauser (“I, Tonya“), along with Oscar winners Sam Rockwell (“Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri”) and Kathy Bates (“Misery”).
Eastwood directs the film with a screenplay written by Billy Ray, adapted from a Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare—The Ballad of Richard Jewell” written by Marie Brenner. The first images from the film were published in a USA Today exclusive Wednesday evening, where Hauser expressed his thoughts on the production.
“Clint seemed broken up about the story of Richard Jewell. It still bothered him years later,” says Hauser, 32. “He sounded like he was hurting for that family, and wanted the story to come out.”
Read the synopsis below.
“There is a bomb in Centennial Park. You have thirty minutes.” The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing—his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI’s number one suspect, vilified by press and public alike, his life ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant, Jewell staunchly professes his innocence.
But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name, while keeping Richard from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.
As a working actor, Eastwood has been spacing out his roles in recent years. He directed and starred in “The Mule,” last year. He directed the Oscar-winning feature “American Sniper,” which was recognized for its exceptional sound editing work. Eastwood’s recent directorial projects also include “The 15:17 to Paris” and “Sully.” The filmmaker expands his array of features chronicling real life stories.
Eastwood has won four Academy Awards in his career. His influence on cinema is exemplified throughout most of his career. His first Oscar came with his 1992’s “Unforgiven,” a film that took home the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director. It also gave Eastwood his first acting nomination with the Academy in his leading role. At its 1995 ceremony, the Academy awarded Eastwood with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. His 2004 film, “Million Dollar Baby” won the Oscars for Best Picture and Best Director.
“Richard Jewell” also stars Jon Hamm (Lucy in the Sky) and Olivia Wilde (Booksmart). The film is produced by 75 Year Plan Productions, Appian Way and Misher Films. Warner Bros also produces and distributes the film. It releases in theaters December 13.