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Richard Jewell's True Story Is Coming to the Big Screen in Clint Eastwood-Directed Drama

The first trailer for Clint Eastwood's Richard Jewell has dropped, giving fans a first look at the film inspired by the true story of a security guard whose heroic accolades took a dark turn.

In 1996, Jewell saved countless lives after discovering a pipe bomb at Centennial Olympic Park during the Olympics in Atlanta, and helped to evacuate the surrounding area before they exploded. At first, the media lauded him as a hero and praised his actions. But when his name was leaked by the FBI as a suspect in the bombing, Jewell went from hero to public enemy number one.

The trailer focuses on a particularly nerve-racking scene in which Jewell (played by I, Tonya's Paul Walter Hauser) is interrogated by an FBI agent (Jon Hamm) who forces him to repeat, "There's a bomb in Centennial Park, you have 30 minutes," as a voice example. But as the rest of the footage shows, the FBI isn't too keen on exonerating the security guard.

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Based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article by Marie Brenner detailing the situation titled, "American Nightmare — The Ballad of Richard Jewell," the film's star-studded cast includes Sam Rockwell as Jewell's lawyer, Watson Bryant; Kathy Bates as his mother, Bobi; and Olivia Wilde as Kathy Scruggs, a police reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, who wrote several negative stories about Jewell. Watch the trailer above and check out the film when it drops on Dec. 13.

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