Clint Eastwood Casts ‘I, Tonya’ Star Paul Walter Hauser as Lead in ‘Ballad of Richard Jewell’

Collider | 6/12/2019 | Jeff Sneider
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When I saw I, Tonya at the Toronto International Film Festival in September of 2017, I was as blown away by Margot Robbie and Allison Janney‘s performances as most critics, but I was also greatly impressed by the performances of Sebastian Stan and another young actor who I wasn’t familiar with by the name of Paul Walter Hauser. I, Tonya was released a few months later in December, and while Janney was feted with awards, and Robbie was showered with nominations, Hauser was left criminally overshadowed by his more famous co-stars So, despite fierce competition, I decided to bestow upon him the modest honor of Up-and-Comer of the Month when that series was over at the Tracking Board. Hey, I’m not a member of any critics group or awards voting body, so it was the best I could do.

Hauser may not look like your typical Hollywood leading man but he’s leading the charge to change the industry’s perception of just what, exactly, a leading man should look like these days. And the ultimate point of Up-and-Comer of the Month is to signal to both the industry and readers who I think has what it takes to carve out a career for themselves in Hollywood, where fame is fleeting and longevity is hard to come by. It helps, of course, to work with genuine legends, and we’re pleased to report today that that’s exactly what is in Hauser’s future, as he has landed the lead in Clint Eastwood‘s fact-based drama The Ballad of Richard Jewell.

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Hauser was on my own list of favorites that I recently tweeted upon learning of Sam Rockwell‘s casting as Jewell’s defense attorney, as even though he’s not exactly a ‘name’ yet, I thought he’d be perfect for the role. The...
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