Clint Eastwood’s Richard Jewell is set to make its world premiere at this year’s AFI Fest, the American Film Institute revealed today. The Gala will take place on Wednesday, November 20 at the TCL Chinese Theatre.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ Richard Jewell is directed and produced by Eastwood, an AFI Life Achievement Award recipient and multiple-Oscar-winning filmmaker. It stars Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, Olivia Wilde and Paul Walter Hauser as the titular character.
Based on true events, Richard Jewell is a story of what happens when what is reported as fact obscures the truth. The world is first introduced to Richard Jewell (Hauser) as the security guard who reports finding the device at the 1996 Atlanta bombing — his report making him a hero whose swift actions save countless lives. But within days, the law enforcement wannabe becomes the FBI’s No. 1 suspect; vilified by press and public alike, his life is ripped apart. Reaching out to independent, anti-establishment attorney Watson Bryant (Rockwell), Jewell staunchly professes his innocence. But Bryant finds he is out of his depth as he fights the combined powers of the FBI, GBI and APD to clear his client’s name, while keeping Jewell from trusting the very people trying to destroy him.
Warner Bros will open Richard Jewell in theaters December 13. AFI Fest runs November 14-21.