Clint Eastwood has long been a master of retelling real-life stories from a heroic lens. Whether it’s ‘Sully’, ‘American Sniper’, or one of his World War 2 masterpieces he’s certainly got a knack for portraying heroism in a real, relatable way. Which makes his decision to cast the actual heroes from the events of ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ not very surprising.
The use of nonactors in the film’s trailer is initially jarring at first but once it get’s going it’s hard to imagine it being any other way. The score seems fantastic, and the journey these men went on before the main events of the film take place seem equal if not more interesting than what is inevitably going to be the film’s climax.
We’ve attached the trailer and full synopsis for ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ below.
‘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.
The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film. Starring alongside them are Jenna Fischer (“Hall Pass,” TV’s “The Office”); Judy Greer (“War for the Planet of the Apes”); Ray Corasani (TV’s upcoming “The Long Road Home”); PJ Byrne (“The Wolf of Wall Street”); Tony Hale (TV’s “Veep”); and Thomas Lennon (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”). Paul-Mikél Williams plays the younger Anthony, Bryce Gheisar plays the younger Alek, and William Jennings plays the younger Spencer.
Eastwood (“Sully,” “American Sniper”) directs from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal, based on the book by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. Via Warner Brothers’
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