Clint Eastwood casts real-life heroes in film The 15:17 to Paris

12th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone will play themselves in Clint Eastwood's new movie The 15:17 to Paris.

Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood has cast three real-life heroes in his movie The 15:17 to Paris.

The actor and filmmaker has tapped Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone to play themselves in the upcoming film, based upon their experience thwarting a terrorist attack on a train bound for Paris in 2015.

Using the trio's book, The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes, as a basis for the script, Eastwood's movie will tell of how the men tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani, who was carrying a Kalashnikov rifle, pistol, ammunition and box cutter.

Acting fearlessly, Stone, a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, Skarlatos, a member of the Oregon National Guard, and Sadler, all decided to charge the gunman and managed to overpower him even as he turned his gun and knife on Stone.

The heroics hit headlines around the globe, and the Americans, as well as British man Chris Norman, were awarded with the Legion of Honour by former French President Francois Hollande.

Eastwood's casting choices are an unconventional move, though Variety reports that while the heroes will have "good-sized" parts in the project, the narrative will focus more on their childhoods and moments which lead up to the train incident.

Paul-Mikel Williams, Max Ivutin, Bryce Gheisa, Cole Eichenberger, and William Jennings, will play younger versions of the Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone. While Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, and Ray Corasani will also take on lead parts within the story.

Dorothy Blyskal has adapted the heroes' book for the movie, and the flick will be produced by Eastwood, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier.

The 15:17 to Paris is Eastwood's latest film to focus real-life heroes, with the 87-year-old having previously helmed American Sniper and Sully.

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