‘The 15:17 to Paris’ is an exciting upcoming American drama film. This autobiographical film tells a captivating story and is based on a book telling the true story of a terrorist attack that took place on a train. With Clint Eastwood directing, this is set to be a compelling movie that reveals what it is truly like to experience a terrifying attack and show how the heroic actions of brave passengers saved the lives of so many others. The combination of non-actors who can deliver a natural performance and actors with established and successful careers also makes this an interesting film. So, what do we know about ‘The 15:17 to Paris’ and what can moviegoers expect?
The Book and The Plot
The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes is an autobiography written by four men; Jeffrey E. Stern, Spencer Stone, Anthony Sandler, and Alek Skarlatos. It tells the story of how Stone, Sandler, and Skarlatos were on a vacation in Europe in August 2015 and were traveling on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. Stone was an American Serviceman at this time.
A Moroccan man carrying a rifle and 270 rounds of ammunition opened fire on the train with many passengers trying and failing to stop the gunman. Stone tackled the gunman and suffered stab injuries to his neck, face, and hand. Meanwhile, Skarlatos confiscated the rifle and beat the suspect until he was unconscious. Dorothy Blyskal is the writer who has adapted the book into a screenplay for the movie.
In the film, the story will begin with the childhood of the three main characters and how they formed their friendship. It will then lead up to the men taking the vacation and the terrible event that took place.
This movie is unusual as Stone, Sandler, and Skarlatos all play themselves in the movie. Therefore, not only did they experience the situation in real life, they have also written an autobiography about the event and then gone on to act in the movie that depicts the terrorist attack. This was not the original plan as Eastwood had preliminarily lined up Alexander Ludwig, Jeremie Harris and Kyle Gallner for the roles. He then decided to cast the men as themselves.
Other members of the cast that are confirmed so far include Judy Greer, Jenna Fischer, and Ray Corasani. Judy Greer is known for her television appearances that include roles in ‘Arrested Development’, ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’, and ‘Californication’. She has also had roles in many movies, including ‘Carrie’, ‘The Descendants’, and ‘Jurassic World’.Jenna Fisher is best-known for her role in the TV series, ‘The Office’. She has also had roles in movies, including, ‘Blades of Glory’, ‘Promotion’, and ‘The Giant Mechanical Man’.
Although he is best-known for his roles in front of the camera, Clint Eastwood is also a talented director. There is a story behind how he came to direct this movie. Since 2014, he was signed up to direct ‘The Ballad of Richard Jewell’. Unfortunately, he abandoned this project in 2016 to work on ‘Impossible Odds’ instead. Also in this year, he finished directing ‘Sully’. However, the film required further work and development before it was ready for release. This left Eastwood looking for another directorial project to take on and he chose ‘15:17 to Paris’.
The producers involved in this project are Clint Eastwood, Jessica Meier, Tim Moore, and Kristina Rivera. Initial production began in early July 2017. However, as yet, no dates for the completion of production have been announced. Likewise, a date for release has yet to be confirmed.
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