An interesting casting choice is in order for Clint Eastwood’s next movie.
The Academy Award-winning filmmaker will be tackling a film about three Americans who stopped an ISIS attack from unfolding on a train in Europe, and in an interesting move, the lead characters will be played by the real-life individuals.
As per Variety, The 15:17 to Paris will be starring Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone as themselves. Apparently Warner Bros. and Eastwood had already chosen who would take these roles before the casting change-up came at the last minute.
The incident took place in 2015 on train #9364 from Brussels to Paris. Oregon National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, US Air Force airman first class Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler fearlessly charged and overpowered an ISIS terrorist as he came out of the train bathroom, ready to attack. He was armed with an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and a ton of ammunition.
While Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone will have decent-sized parts, they reportedly won’t be leading-sized roles per se. Apart from depicting the incident, 15:17 to Paris will also show their childhood and the development of their friendship leading up to the event. Paul-Mikel Williams, Max Ivutin, Bryce Gheisa, Cole Eichenberger, and William Jennings are on board to play younger versions. Other supporting cast members include Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, and Ray Corasani.
This marks another ‘true story‘ picture for Eastwood following the Bradley Cooper-starring American Sniper and the Tom Hanks-starring Sully. American Sniper earned an impressive $US547.4 million worldwide, making it Eastwood’s most-successful directorial effort to date.
15:17 to Paris comes with a script by newcomer scribe Dorothy Blyskal, who adapted the book The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes written by Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern.