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Captain Phillips writer joins DiCaprio film crew

1 of 1 Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite in The Ballad of Richard Jewell
Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite in The Ballad of Richard Jewell

Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray has agreed a deal to pen Leonardo DiCaprio's The Ballad of Richard Jewell.

According to Variety, Ray will adapt the Vanity Fair article American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell by Marie Brenner. Ray's other films include The Hunger Games and State of Play.

This new project tells the story of a security guard who saved many lives at the Centennial Olympic Park bombing at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta but later became a suspect. Jewell died in 2007.

The recently-announced film will reunite Leonardo DiCaprio with his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Jonah Hill.

Hill will play Jewell, who was unjustifiably vilified and scapegoated by sections of the US media, while DiCaprio will play Jewell's lawyer.

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