Clint Eastwood’s ‘Richard Jewell’ Casts ‘I, Tonya’ Actor Paul Walter Hauser in Lead Role

/Film | 6/12/2019 | Chris Evangelista
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Clint Eastwood has found his Richard Jewell. Paul Walter Hauser, who gave memorable performances in I, Tonya and BlacKkKlansman, will play the title character in Eastwood’s latest, Richard Jewell. Hauser joins previously-announced cast member Sam Rockwell, who is playing Jewell’s lawyer, who defended the security guard against allegations he planted a bomb at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

THR broke the news that Paul Walter Hauser has joined the Richard Jewell cast. In 1996, Jewell was a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, where he noticed a suspicious bag in Centennial Olympic Park. Jewell realized the bag contained an explosive device, and cleared out most of the onlookers. The bomb detonated, though, resulting in two deaths and 111 injuries. The damage – and death toll – could’ve been a lot worse had Jewell not acted.

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However, Jewell quickly went from hero to villain when the FBI, and the media – following the FBI’s lead – considered the security guard to be the prime suspect. It took 88 days before Jewell’s name was cleared, but by then, his reputation was in tatters. The entire story – and source material for the movie – was chronicled in a piece for Vanity Fair story The Ballad of Richard Jewell by Marie Brenner.

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