Hollywood legend, Clint Eastwood brings, The 15:17 to Paris, a thrilling drama that tells the real-life story of three ordinary men whose brave acts turned them into overnight heroes during a railway journey in Europe.
On August 21, 2015, the world was shocked to learn of a terrorist attack on Thalys train, travelling from Amsterdam to Paris. Eastwood chose the title of the film, based on the time the train departed from Amsterdam Central Station.
These extremely courageous, young Americans: Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler, and Alek Skarlatos suddenly found themselves face-to-face with an armed terrorist aboard their train. With no time to waste, the heroic trio overpowered the gunman, saving the lives of more than 500 passengers on board.
The film traces the journey of their lives, from childhood to a series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. It is their friendship that became their greatest weapon in surviving this harrowing ordeal.
Eastwood makes an unusual move by enlisting these real-life heroes to play themselves in the film, even though none of them had any previous acting experience.“I had looked at a lot of actors, good actors, but I was looking at the guys and I kept looking at their faces and finally one day I just said, do you guys think you could play yourselves? The more they thought about it, the more they got with it, and it turned out they all had a natural gift, and it also was a bit of a catharsis for them to go back and relive the moment” shares Eastwood.
The 15:17 to Paris is a powerful film about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. This is Eastwood’s third straight film based on recent historical events after box office successes with American Sniper and Sully.