Olivia Wilde set to direct and produce thriller Don’t Worry, Darling

Olivia Wilde is set to direct and produce upcoming thriller Don’t Worry, Darling.The actress-turned-filmmaker made her directorial debut with teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart earlier this year, with the film featuring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldst…

Olivia Wilde is set to direct and produce upcoming thriller Don’t Worry, Darling.

The actress-turned-filmmaker made her directorial debut with teen coming-of-age comedy Booksmart earlier this year, with the film featuring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein.

Now, Wilde has signed on to helm Don’t Worry, Darling, which will centre on an unhappy 1950s housewife and is to be “a psychological thriller for the Time’s Up era”, according to editors at Variety.

While the project remains in the early stages of development, the 35-year-old will be teaming with Booksmart writer/producer Katie Silberman as well as It producer Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment. Silberman has rewritten the script, which is based on an original screenplay by sibling writers Shane and Carey Van Dyke.

A potential release date or casting details have not yet been announced, and while a studio is yet to be confirmed, editors at Deadline have reported that 18 production companies have made bids for Don’t Worry, Darling, including big-name firms such as Legendary and MGM, as well as streaming services like Netflix.

Meanwhile, Wilde has also been attached to direct and produce an untitled holiday comedy movie for Universal Pictures. In addition to juggling her directing duties, she is currently filming Clint Eastwood’s new drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which stars Jon Hamm, Sam Rockwell, and Kathy Bates, and last appeared onscreen in 2018’s Life Itself and A Vigilante.

Silberman is known for her work as a writer on 2010 short Party Favors, 2018’s Set It Up, as well as Isn’t It Romantic, the fantasy romcom starring Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam Devine, and Priyanka Chopra. She is now in the pre-production phases of Most Dangerous Game, which is set to re-team Set It Up’s Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell.

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Kathy Bates joins Clint Eastwood’s The Ballad of Richard Jewell

Kathy Bates has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell. According to editors at Deadline, the Misery actress has been cast in the role of insurance claims adjuster Bobi Jewell, the mother of Richard Jewell, a s…

Kathy Bates has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell.

According to editors at Deadline, the Misery actress has been cast in the role of insurance claims adjuster Bobi Jewell, the mother of Richard Jewell, a security guard who was wrongly accused of planting the bombs he found in a bag during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her casting comes days after it was revealed Vice actor Sam Rockwell would be playing the lawyer who defended Jewell in court, and Paul Walter Hauser, who recently had roles in I, Tonya and BlacKkKlansman, would be portraying Jewell.

In 1996, Jewell was hailed a hero for being the first to discover the suspicious abandoned backpack containing three pipe bombs and alerting the authorities, saving hundreds of lives. That soon changed when he was accused of planting it in the first place. He maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal and was finally cleared by FBI investigators after 88 days, but his reputation and health were forever damaged. Jewell, who became a police officer, died in 2007 at the age of 44 after suffering from severe heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

The project will be directed and produced by Eastwood, while other producers include The Wolf of Wall Street co-stars Jonah Hill and Leonardo DiCaprio, who had both originally been attached to appear in the drama.

Billy Ray, who penned the screenplays for Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games, will write the script based on a Vanity Fair magazine article by Marie Brenner.

In addition to Eastwood’s film, Bates, who was most recently seen in Bonnie and Clyde drama The Highwaymen, has also been cast alongside Lil Rel Howery in Home, a drama about an ex-felon who returns home from prison and has to confront his past.

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Sam Rockwell to star in Clint Eastwood’s upcoming drama

Sam Rockwell is in final negotiations to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s latest movie. The Oscar-winning actor has almost reached a deal to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will be directed and produced by the American Sniper f…

Sam Rockwell is in final negotiations to replace Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood’s latest movie.

The Oscar-winning actor has almost reached a deal to star in The Ballad of Richard Jewell, which will be directed and produced by the American Sniper filmmaker, according to Variety.

The film is based on the story of real-life security guard Jewell, whose life was turned upside down when he was wrongly accused of planting the pipe bombs he found at Centennial Park during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Rockwell will play the attorney who defended Jewell after he became one of the most hated men in America. The part of Jewell is yet to be cast.

The Wolf of Wall Street co-stars Jonah Hill and DiCaprio had originally been attached to star in the drama, with the Titanic actor initially onboard the project to play the lawyer, but they will no longer appear in the film and will simply serve as producers.

Billy Ray, who penned the screenplays for Captain Phillips and The Hunger Games, will write the script based on a Vanity Fair magazine article by Marie Brenner.

In 1996, Jewell was hailed a hero for being the first to discover the suspicious abandoned backpack containing three pipe bombs and alerting the authorities, saving hundreds of lives. That soon changed when he was accused of planting it in the first place. He maintained his innocence throughout the ordeal and was finally cleared by FBI investigators after 88 days, but his reputation and health were forever damaged. He died in 2007 after suffering from severe heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes.

Rockwell won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri in 2018 and followed it up with a second consecutive nomination for his portrayal of former U.S. President George W. Bush in Vice.

He recently earned strong reviews for playing dancer Bob Fosse in TV mini-series Fosse/Verdon, and can next be seen in Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit.

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Clint Eastwood taking another look at Atlanta Olympics bomb drama

Clint Eastwood is considering a return to real-life drama The Ballad Of Richard Jewell after previously walking away from the project. Deadline sources claim the veteran movie star and director has been in discussions with Disney/Fox about taking char…

Clint Eastwood is considering a return to real-life drama The Ballad Of Richard Jewell after previously walking away from the project.

Deadline sources claim the veteran movie star and director has been in discussions with Disney/Fox about taking charge of the film, which is based on the life of a security guard whose life was turned upside down following the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing.

Jewell went from hero to zero when law enforcement officials leaked the news that he was a possible suspect in the incident.

In fact, Jewell discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound, cleared the area and saved lives, but the actions of an overzealous reporter put his life at risk as critics felt sure he had planted the device. Jewell was later cleared as a suspect by the FBI but his reputation was ruined. He died of of a heart attack in 2007, aged 44.

Based on the Vanity Fair article The Ballad Of Richard Jewell, the film project has been circling Hollywood for years and Eastwood was previously attached, as was Jonah Hill as Jewell, while Leonardo DiCaprio was reportedly in talks to portray the security guard’s lawyer.

If Eastwood signs on, he will be tasked with assembling his own cast for a possible summer (19) shoot. It will serve as his follow-up to last year’s (18) The Mule.

DiCaprio and Hill still have links to the project – they are both listed as producers.

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