The Moment I heard about the 2015 Paris train attack and what events unfolded I said out loud “this will be a movie in 5 years”.
As it turns out I was right, except for the amount of time.
The events unfolded like this, a Moroccan man (He is named but I refuse to give him the credit) went on a train bound for Paris with an assault rifle, a pistol, and a bottle of gas. He was there to do some damage. Two men tried subduing him and were seriously injured. Then he was tackled by three American friends, 2 happened to be off-duty members of the US Military. Spencer Stone, Alex Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler successfully took him down and saved who knows how many lives.
Those three men deserve all the praise in the world and are stars… So why shouldn’t they star in the film about them? That’s what Clint Eastwood thought and that’s why he cast them as the stars in their own film. Now we can’t have an hour + movie about these guys on a train, so Eastwood chose to have the film highlight the men growing up and how they learned to have the courage to take on the worst kind of evil.
‘The 15:17 to Paris’ releases February 9, 2018.