Clint Eastwood looks for the truth in the Richard Jewell trailer

The director tackles the true story of the man who foiled a 1996 bombing plot.

Words

Charles Bramesco

@intothecrevasse

Clint Eastwood does things his own way. For instance: filmmakers have been attempting in vain to make a movie out of the shocking true story of Richard Jewell for the past five years. Along comes Eastwood, and suddenly the project’s on the fast track, from a June principal shooting date to a release in December.

The first trailer for the film simply titled Richard Jewell has surfaced to prove that Eastwood’s really done it, having completed the film in record time. It looks pretty polished for a rush job, too, with a handful of flashy performances and big action set pieces.

Paul Walter Hauser — so wonderfully dim as a co-conspirator in I, Tonya — leads as Richard Jewell, a security guard working for AT&T at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Jewell discovered a bomb in a densely populated site and reacted professionally, warning everyone nearby and evacuating the area; law enforcement wasn’t so sure, however.

Eastwood’s film focuses on the trial by media that took place in the wake of the incident, as the authorities (represented here by Jon Hamm and Olivia Wilde) started looking into Jewell as a suspect in the bombing he foiled, and the public quickly turned on the guy. His life transformed into a three-ring circus due to irresponsible or even outright false reportage, giving Eastwood the opportunity for a broadside against his favorite perennial enemy, the media.

Eastwood’s well-known conservative streak runs strong through the trailer, as big government threatens the little man in a fashion similar to that of his recent Sully. So long as Eastwood continues to draw breath, he’ll keep making movies, and so long as he’s making movies, he’ll fight the institutional powers that be.

Richard Jewell comes to cinemas in the US on 13 December. A date for the UK has yet to be set.

Published 3 Oct 2019

Tags: Clint Eastwood Jon Hamm Kathy Bates Olivia Wilde Sam Rockwell

Related Articles

The emasculation of Clint Eastwood in The Beguiled

By David Pountain

Don Siegel’s period thriller shows this icon of screen masculinity at his most pathetic and vulnerable.

The films of Clint Eastwood – ranked

By Little White Lies

A comprehensive rundown of veteran screen icon’s formidable work behind the lens.

What are you looking for?

Little White Lies Logo

About Little White Lies

Little White Lies was established in 2005 as a bi-monthly print magazine committed to championing great movies and the talented people who make them. Combining cutting-edge design, illustration and journalism, we’ve been described as being “at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement.” Our reviews feature a unique tripartite ranking system that captures the different aspects of the movie-going experience. We believe in Truth & Movies.

Editorial

Design