In an unconventional move, Clint Eastwood has tapped the three Americans, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone, and Anthony Sadler to play themselves in his movie, “The 15:17 to Paris,” a film about the men who thwarted a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train 2 years ago.
AP Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and civilian Anthony Sadler will appear in the film about their heroic act of taking down a heavily armed gunman who injured three people on a train from Amsterdam to Paris, The Associated Press reported late Tuesday.
The three California men, all childhood friends from California, who thwarted a terror attack on a French train in 2015 will make the rare move of playing themselves in a Clint Eastwood-directed film about their heroics, a studio announced Tuesday.
“The 15:17 to Paris,” a film based on the book they co-wrote about taking down a terrorist, Warner Bros. said in a statement.
The film, which began production this week, follows the lives of the three friends from childhood to the evening when they helped subdue the man who opened fire inside a train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris.
The Sacramento-area men were vacationing in Europe when they tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani, a Muslim terrorist who authorities said has ties to radical Islam. El-Khazzani had boarded the Paris-bound train with a Kalashnikov rifle, pistol and box cutter.
The film will be the latest of several about real-life heroes that Eastwood has taken on, including 2014’s “American Sniper,” and 2016’s “Sully.” But the leads in those films were played by Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper and Oscar-winner Tom Hanks, respectively, not their actual subjects.
It’s common to give cameo roles to the subjects of films that don’t require more than a line or two, but this case is nearly unprecedented in recent Hollywood history. There are no reports of the men having any acting experience, though Skarlatos appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” soon after the Paris incident.