LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 10: Clint Eastwood arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' "The Mule" at the Village Theatre on December 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

WATCH: “Richard Jewell” trailer released

The trailer for Clint Eastwood’s latest Atlanta-filmed project, “Richard Jewell,” is out ahead of its Dec. 13 release. The film stars Paul Walter Hauser in the title role. Kathy Bates plays Jewell’s mother, Bobi Jewell.

PHOTOS FROM THE SET: “Richard Jewell” recreates Centennial Olympic Park bombing

The movie is based on a Vanity Fair article about the man who alerted the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to a backpack containing a pipe bomb the night of July 27, 1996. Jewell’s quick action saved hundreds of people. One woman died and more than 100 people were injured when the device exploded but countless others were able to escape unharmed. 

Richard Jewell on July 28, 1996. AJC archive photo: William Berry 
Photo: AJC 

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.” 

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