Jared Leto to Direct 77, a Movie About the Kidnapping of Patty Hearst

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Are Jared Leto and Patty Hearst a match made in cinema heaven? We the people will have a chance to find out, because Leto is making his narrative feature directorial debut with 77, a crime thriller that focuses on the rescue of the kidnapped heiress. The original screenplay was first written by L.A. Confidential author James Ellroy, with revisions done by David Matthews, who worked on Narcos and Boardwalk Empire. The movie will be set in Los Angeles in 1974, and it will tell the story of two police officers who set out to recover Hearst, and also to investigate the murder of a fellow officer. In the process, they find corruption and violent conspiracy. Even if this is Leto’s first time directing a drama, he has helmed multiple documentary efforts, including Artifact, Great Wide Open, and Into the Wild. He has also directed a bunch of music videos and commercials under the pseudonym Bartholomew Cubbins, which is so perfect and obvious a choice for Leto we’re bummed we didn’t think of it first.

Jared Leto to Direct Movie About the Patty Hearst Kidnapping