‘The 15:17 to Paris’ Trailer: Clint Eastwood Directs Real-Life Heroes

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The first trailer has been released for The 15:17 to Paris, the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed film that looks at the men that stopped a terrorist attack in 2015.

Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone were on a train bound for Paris when an ISIS terrorist, armed with an AK-47, a pistol, a box cutter, and a ton of ammunition, came out of the bathroom ready to attack. The trio overpowered him, stopping what could have been a deadly incident.

An interesting thing here: the three leads are played by the actual real-life heroes. It’ll be interesting to see whether or not they’re performances can do their own story justice. The film covers their childhood period as well; young actors play them in these parts.

Eastwood continues his streak of American true stories, following J. Edgar, Jersey Boys, American Sniper and Sully. The four-time Oscar winner has directed a mixed bag of films (Hereafter and Jersey Boys were somewhat lucklustre entries, while Unforgiven and Million Dollar Baby remain classics); fingers crossed he delivers with this one.

The 15:17 to Paris, also starring  Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Ray Corasani, PJ Byrne, Tony Hale and Thomas Lennon, releases in Australian cinemas on February 8 and hits the US on February 9.

Synopsis for The 15:17 to Paris:

From Clint Eastwood comes “The 15:17 to Paris,” which tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride.

In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The film follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.

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