As of late, Clint Eastwood has been in the business of turning laymen heroes into big-screen fodder with his movies Sully and American Sniper.
The director has always called on big Hollywood talent to play his heroes, as opposed to the heroes themselves. But, for his next film, The 15:17 to Paris, Eastwood has opted to cast the real-life heroes on which the film is based.
Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone will play themselves in Eastwood’s upcoming movie about their experience thwarting a terrorist attack.
While traveling in Europe, the trio stopped an attempted attack on a train from Brussels to Paris by overpowering the man, who was armed with an AK-47. The story was heavily covered on cable news, where the friends, one of whom was in the Oregon National Guard and another in the U.S. Air Force, were lauded for their bravery.
Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer and Ray Corasani have also been cast in the feature. Playing the various younger versions of the three leads will be Paul-Mikél Williams, Max Ivutin, Bryce Gheisar, Cole Eichenberger and William Jennings.
The Warner Bros. movies is be based on 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. Dorothy Blyskal adapted the book for the feature, which will be produced by Eastwood, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier.