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Saturday, February 8, 2014
Richard Jewell story to silver screen

ESPN.com news services

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- Leonardo DiCaprio says he and "The Wolf of Wall Street" co-star Jonah Hill are joining up again to tell the story of 1996 Olympics security guard Richard Jewell.

Hill will star as Jewell in the planned film, which was presented to the two actors as they searched for another joint project. DiCaprio is expected to both produce and play Jewell's attorney.

Jewell was initially hailed as a hero for spotting a suspicious backpack and moving people out of harm's way just before a bomb exploded in Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park, killing one and injuring 111 others. But within days, he was named as a suspect in the blast.

He was questioned but never arrested or charged, and the bomber turned out to be anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph.

Jewell died in 2007 at age 44.

Hill said in an interview that he found Jewell's story "heartbreaking."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.