Clint Eastwood casts real-life heroes in '15:17 to Paris'

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2017

Now Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and civilian Anthony Sadler, will star in "The 15:17 to Paris", a new Warner Brothers film, that's being directed by Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood.

Legendary actor and filmmaker Clint Eastwood has hired real life American heroes for his next motion picture.

Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer and Ray Corasani will also appear in the movie, while various younger versions of the three men will be played by Paul-Mikél Williams, Max Ivutin, Bryce Gheisar, Cole Eichenberger and William Jennings.

The casting move is similar to Eastwood's "Gran Torino", which featured an nearly unknown cast outside of Eastwood, who also starred in the movie.

Their roles will not be the full leads since other actors will play their younger selves, Variety reports.

Eastwood directs the film which centers on the three men who managed to subdue a man who opened fire inside a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.

Eastwood was initially looking for traditional actors to play the roles of the three men but at the last minute made a decision to have the real life heroes play themselves.

"The 15:17 to Paris" is based on the book Skarlatos wrote with co-heroes Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone. Eastwood also produces the film, along with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier.

Behind the scenes, the creative team includes frequent collaborators Tom Stern, who served as cinematographer on 13 of Eastwood's previous films; Deborah Hopper, who has served as Eastwood's costume designer on 17 prior films; and Blu Murray, who most recently cut "Sully". However, he's going a different route for his next film, The 15:17 to Paris.

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