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That release date, which represents the film’s wide opening, would seem to suggest that the torn-from-the-headlines tale will not figure in this year’s awards race. Although the pic had never been promised for 2017, Eastwood has fielded late-in-the-season entries in the past, so handicappers had been waiting to learn when Warners would date 15:17 to Paris. However, the studio doesn’t appear to have definitively shut the door on the possibility of a late December qualifying run before the film’s national rollout. If that were to be the case, there’s a chance it could follow the pattern of Eastwood’s 2014 film, American Sniper, which received a Christmas Day opening in just four theaters and then didn’t open nationally until Jan. 16.
The 15:17 to Paris concerns the three U.S. servicemen, traveling in Europe, who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train from Brussels to Paris in 2015. Eastwood has cast the actual real-life heroes — Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone — in the film.
Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer and Ray Corasani have also been cast in the feature, along with Paul-Mikél Williams, Max Ivutin, Bryce Gheisar, Cole Eichenberger and William Jennings.
The movie is 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 is being produced by Eastwood, Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier.
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