Clint Eastwood is a conservative actor, director and producer in Hollywood. He has directed over 50 films and produced some wonderful and heartwarming inspired war films – Hacksaw Ridge, Flags of Our Father and American Sniper. His movie about Chris Kyle, the “American Sniper” earned him several Oscar nominations in 2014. Eastwood is brilliant to say the least.
Back in April, it was announced that Clint Eastwood would be producing another movie about heroes, “15:17 to Paris.” It’s based on the three friends in 2015 who charged Moroccan national Ayoub El Khazzani, a terrorist with an assault rifle on a Paris train and prevented several hundred from being injured. The terrorist was later found with enough ammunition to kill at least 500 people.
It looks like Clint Eastwood has just cast the three American heroes as actors in his new movie “15:17 to Paris”.
H/T Western Journalism:
Clint Eastwood has cast the three real-world heroes who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015 as stars in his next movie.
The 15:17 to Paris will tell the story of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, who sprung into action when a terrorist, wielding an automatic weapon boarded a train in Belgium.
The three childhood friends from Sacramento were on vacation in Europe when the incident happened.
Morocco-born Ayoub El-Khazaani shot one passenger with a handgun and then attempted to open fire with his AK-47, but the weapon jammed.
Stone, 23 at the time and serving in the U.S. Air Force, seized the moment and went after the terrorist.
Skarlotus, 22 and a member of the Oregon National Guard who had recently returned from a tour in Afghanistan, followed Stone with Sadler, 23, close behind.
The terrorist stabbed Stone several times with a box cutter, wounding his neck and nearly cutting off his thumb.
However, the young Americans were able to gain control of El-Khazaani, and then hogtied him until authorities arrived.
For their heroic actions, then-French President Francois Hollande awarded Stone, Skarlatos and Sadler with the nation’s highest award –the Legion of Honor.
Variety reports that while the three will have good-sized roles in 15:17 to Paris, “the film is expected to begin during their childhood and show their friendship leading up to the moment that changed their lives. That means the roles will not be full-on leads.”
The film is based on a book of the same name, which was published last summer.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Eastwood intends to “begin casting right away to start production later this year” and will be producing alongside Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier, as well as with the help of script writer Dorothy Blyskal.
The three heroes were likely quite pleased by the filmmaker’s decision to direct “The 15:17 to Paris,” given their past experiences with him. Last year, Eastwood presented the three with a “Hero Award” at the 2016 Guys Choice Awards show.
“I’m such a huge Clint Eastwood fan,” Skarlatos later told People magazine. “I’ve seen all of his movies growing up. Actually meeting him in person, having him give us the award. Then we talked with him for like 10 minutes afterwards. It was one of the coolest experiences that has happened to us so far.”
Speaking last November with Breitbart, Sadler added that the three of them didn’t consider themselves heroes, just regular guys put in a situation that demanded their best.
“The narrative is often, ‘Oh, yeah, the military is why these guys were able to do that,’ but I think the book portrays us as just the three regular friends, twenty-something friends that we were, and that we were just put in an extraordinary situation,” he said.
“The circumstances just kind of fell into place where we were able to act and not only save ourselves, but everybody else,” he added.
Clint Eastwood has a knack for telling great heart warming stories of war heroes and soldiers. In 2014, Eastwood directed the film, American Sniper about Navy Seal Chris Kyle. Chris Kyle became one of the deadliest marksman in the military in history with 255 kills in four tours in Iraq. As you can imagine with anyone, the tours took a toll on Chris’ life and family.
Eastwood has also directed other movies such as “Heartbreak Ridge”, “Flags of Our Fathers”, and “Letters From Iwo Jima.” In fact, he’s directed over 50 films and starred in over 40 in the last 50 years. Of course, some of my favorites are some of the older movies – Dirty Harry, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, Every Which Way But Loose, and Heartbreak Ridge. Eastwood seems to have a knack at not only picking a good story -whether western, action, comedy or drama, but then transforming it into a heartwarming story of heroes, that as Americans we can all enjoy.