'The Ballad of Richard Jewell': Release date, plot, cast, trailer, and everything you need to know about Clint Eastwood's new movie

Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm are the newest additions to Clint Eastwood's upcoming project, which is titled 'The Ballad of Richard Jewell'

Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm are reportedly coming together for Clint Eastwood's new movie 'The Ballad of Richard Jewell'.

The already-star-studded drama features Paul Walter Hauser as the titular Jewell in the Warner Bros.’ movie alongside Sam Rockwell as Jewell’s attorney and Kathy Bates as Jewell’s mother. Wilde is now set to essay the role of real-life journalist Kathy Scruggs, the one who chronicled the events. Hamm will play an FBI agent. Initially, Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio were supposed to be a part of the film with DiCaprio set to play Rockwell's role. But they will no longer be appearing in the film and will be associated with the project as producers. The script will be written by Billy Ray.

Release date

There is no release date out yet. According to reports, Eastwood hopes to shoot the film this summer. 


The drama is based on Marie Brenner's article in Vanity Fair that chronicled the story of Jewell, a real-life security guard whose world was completely turned upside down after law enforcement leaked to an overexcited reporter that Jewell was a possible suspect for the pipe-bombing at Centennial Park during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Jewell's is one sad story. As law enforcement asserted that he had planted the bomb himself and then "found" it to earn praise; the city reopened its park, tried to calm their scared citizens – all this while the real perpetrator remained at large.

Throughout the time, Jewell maintained his innocence and his name was cleared by the FBI 88 days later, but his reputation could never be salvaged and his health was affected forever. He went on to become a police officer but died at the age of 44 of heart failure.


Paul Walter Hauser as Richard Jewell 

Paul Walter Hauser attends the "Late Night" Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 25, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images)

Paul is known for his portrayal of Shawn Eckhardt in 'I, Tonya' and his work in Spike Lee's 'BlacKkKlansman'.

Olivia Wilde as journalist Kathy Scruggs

Olivia Wilde attends the "BOOKSMART" Gala Screening at Picturehouse Central on May 07, 2019 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Wilde made her feature film debut in May 2019 with 'Booksmart'. She is known for her of Remy Hadley in the medical drama 'House'. She is also known for her roles in the films 'Conversations with Other Women', 'Alpha Dog', 'Cowboys & Aliens', 'Butter', 'Rush', and 'The Lazarus Effect'.

Jon Hamm as FBI agent

Actor Jon Hamm attends the "The Report" Premiere during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Eccles Center Theatre on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images)

Hamm is best known for playing advertising executive Don Draper on 'Mad Men'. He is also known for roles on 'Million Dollar Arm', 'Bridesmaids', 'Baby Driver', and 'Sucker Punch'. He was last seen in 'Good Omens' on Amazon Prime Video.


Eastwood is going to be directing and producing the film. Tim Moore, Jessica Meier, Kevin Misher and DiCaprio’s partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran are also producing.


There is no trailer yet since the cast is only now getting finalized. MEA WorldWide will update this story once the trailer is out.

Where to watch

The movie will be coming to a theater near you. 

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