Cinematic legend Clint Eastwood seems to be content with wearing his other (non-Stetson) hat as a director, with films showcasing real-life headline-making heroic events. Indeed, Eastwood’s clearly not stopping, since his next film will depict the 2015 ordeal of American military men who famously faced an attempted train hijacking by an armed ISIS terrorist.
The 15:17 to Paris Trailer
The 15:17 to Paris trailer is here, previewing a film that’s in the same real-life-heroism-showcasing form that’s been more than successful for director Clint Eastwood. However, this film is boosted by a notably unique attribute, since it stars the actual heroes involved in said incident. In a process that had to feel odd, military heroes Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone – obviously not actors – star in the film as themselves, joined by a supporting cast of professionals consisting Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Tony Hale, Thomas Lennon, P.J. Byrne and Jaleel White.
The 15:17 to Paris is based on the autobiography of the same name, which was written by Sadler, Skarlatos and Stone, along with Jeffrey E. Stern. It chronicles the August 21, 2015 incident, which saw the trio of college student Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Skarlatos and U.S. Air Force Sergeant (and martial artist) Stone on a Brussels train bound for Paris, facing – unarmed – a seriously-strapped would-be ISIS hijacker, armed with an AK-47, pistol and box cutter, named Ayoub El-Khazzani, who is played here by Ray Corasani (Goliath, The Long Road Home). The trio’s eventual thwarting of Khazzani made global headlines and resonated as a testament to true bravery that saved lives in the face of certain oblivion.
Clint Eastwood occupied the director’s chair for The 15:17 to Paris, coming off recent crowd-pleasing, inspirational efforts such as the 2016 Tom Hanks-starring Hudson River plane landing picture, Sully, and the 2014 Oscar-nominated, Bradley Cooper-starring Iraq War drama, American Sniper. It continues a pattern of heroic-themed fact-based releases such as 2009’s post-apartheid South African-set epic Invictus along with war dramas in 2006’s Letters from Iwo Jima and 2006’s Flags of Our Fathers. On 15:17, Eastwood will work off an adaptation script of the book by newcomer Dorothy Blyskal. Eastwood is also onboard as a producer, joined by Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier.
The 15:17 to Paris Release Date
The 15:17 to Paris makes a fateful intervention at theaters on February 9, 2018.