Clint Eastwood‘s latest, the biographical feature “Richard Jewell,” will have its premiere at this year’s AFI Fest. The veteran actor and filmmaker will hope to make noise with his upcoming feature, nested now in the mid-November festival circuit. The American Film Institute announced the news Tuesday.
The film stars Sam Rockwell (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”), Kathy Bates (“Misery”), Jon Hamm (“Lucy in the Sky”), Olivia Wilde (“Booksmart”) and Paul Walter Hauser (“I, Tonya”).
“Clint Eastwood is an American icon,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President and CEO. “It is an honor for AFI to premiere this next chapter in his storied career – one that continues to enrich the nation’s cultural legacy with undeniable impact.”
The first trailer for “Richard Jewell” debuted last week and it puts Hauser front and center in the real life story of one man and the battle for truth.
“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.
Eastwood is an Academy Award winning actor and seasoned director. He is also a past recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award. “Richard Jewell” is based on the Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare—The Ballad of Richard Jewell” by Marie Brenner.
AFI Fest takes place November 14-21. “Richard Jewell” will have its world premiere Wednesday, November 20 at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre. It is distributed by Warner Bros Pictures and releases in theaters December 13.
Also screening at AFI Fest is the world premiere of Melina Matsoukas’ “Queen & Slim,” as the festival’s opening night gala, and the world premiere of George Nolfi’s “The Banker,” as the closing night film. Julie Andrews will receive the 2019 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.