Federal and state law enforcement focused on Jewell as a suspect in the days after the bombing. The Justice Department later released a statement clearing Jewell. He died in 2007 at age 44.
Serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, who pleaded guilty to avoid the death penalty, is serving multiple life sentences.
Several media companies including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution were sued after reporting that Jewell was a suspect, and the litigation outlived him. The Georgia Court of Appeals in 2011 upheld a trial court ruling that the newspaper had accurately reported that Jewell had been a suspect. In 2012, the Georgia Supreme Court declined to review the lower court's decision.
The AJC’s former newsroom is depicted in the clip above.
Olivia Wilde plays the late AJC reporter Kathy Scruggs, who died in 2001 at age 42. David de Vries plays the late John Walter, who died in 2008 at age 61. The AJC's former managing editor and executive editor, he had been editor and publisher of the Vineyard Gazette, then owner of book publishing company Vineyard Stories, prior to his death.
David Shae plays writer Ron Martz, a former AJC reporter.
Jon Hamm, featured prominently in the clip, plays an FBI investigator.
Eastwood has filmed several other projects in Atlanta and elsewhere in Georgia, including “The Mule,” “Trouble With the Curve,” “Sully” and “The 15:17 to Paris.”