This is one of the early cases of fake news having real and extreme consequences. While the media instantly turned him into an instant social pariah, the security guard maintained his innocence throughout the 88-day ordeal, Variety reported.
After 88 days, he was finally fully cleared by the FBI. However, his reputation could never be restored and he suffered major health issue following the incident.
If a deal is settled, Rockwell will play the attorney who defends Jewell after he is wrongly accused, Variety reported.
Rockwell is known for his roles in films like 'Vice', 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and 'Charlie's Angels'.
Meanwhile, Clint Eastwood's past credits include 'American Sniper', 'Sully' and 'Gran Torino'.