Warner Bros. Sets December Release Date for Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell
Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that Clint Eastwood‘s upcoming biographical drama Richard Jewell will arrive in theaters on December 13 of this year. The film joins a crowded release date which also includes Jumanji: The Next Level, Black Christmas, Terence Malick’s A Hidden Life, Amazon’s Seberg, and A24’s Uncut Gems. Given the date however, the studio is already preparing to push the drama as an awards contender.
Based on Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article “American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell,” and directed and produced by Eastwood, Richard Jewell will tell the true story of the innocent security guard who helped save lives during the 1996 Olympic bombing in Atlanta who was later accused of plotting the attack. Eric Robert Rudolph pled guilty to the crime, along with several other bombings, in 2005.
I, Tonya‘s Paul Walter Hauser will star as the titular Jewell with Sam Rockwell appearing as his attorney. Kathy Bates will take on the role of Jewell’s mother with Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde also appearing.
Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox, the studio has been clearing a lot of upcoming films from its slates that it doesn’t deem primed for box office-smashing, but rather than cancel the Jewell project, the House of Mouse began discussions with Warner Bros. to send the film their way. Warner Bros. has been almost the exclusive home to Eastwood’s filmography as both an actor and a director.
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