Jared Leto to Direct Patty Hearst Film from James Ellroy

Suicide Squad actor makes his feature film directing debut for the SLA.

Jared Leto will direct his first feature for Paramount’s upcoming crime thriller 77, about the Patty Hearst kidnapping. The screenplay for 77 was written by David Matthews (Narcos, Boardwalk Empire) from a an original screenplay by author James Ellroy, who wrote the book L.A. Confidential.

This isn’t Leto’s first time in the director’s chair. He directed the documentary Artifact, which won an award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, the documentary series Great Wide Open, Into The Wild and Beyond the Horizon. He also directed music videos and commercials under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins. Leto won a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his turn in Dallas Buyers Club. He will next be seen in Blade Runner 2049, which will star Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

Set in 1974 Los Angeles, 77 centers around two police officers who team up to recover kidnapped heiress Patty Hearst.  Hearst hid with the her kidnappers from the Symbionese Liberation Army but escaped before a shootout with the LAPD killed most SLA members. Hearst spent over a year on at large after the shooting. The officers are simultaneously investigating a brutal cop killing.

77 will be produced by Leto and writer/producer and Law and Order creator Dick Wolf and Tony Ganz of Wolf Films. It will be executive produced by Emma Ludbrook.

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