Clint Eastwood has taken up the director’s chair to yet again make a film on the real life heroes who stopped a terror attack on a French train back in 2015 in an as-yet-untitled project.
Adapted from the book the three men co-wrote themselves about that terrifying event, the film, which starts filming this week, focuses on the lives of the three friends from their childhood to the evening when they helped subdue the man who opened fire inside a train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.
The Sacramento-area men were vacationing in Europe when they tackled Ayoub El-Khazzani, a man who authorities said had ties to radical Islam. El-Khazzani had boarded the Paris-bound train with a Kalashnikov rifle, pistol and box cutter.
What’s even more unusual that the three men the film is based on will all play themselves in Eastwood’s retelling. Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos and civilian Anthony Sadler, all childhood friends from California, have had no previous acting experience..
Eastwood has previously proved his love of a real life hero story, back in 2014 Bradley Cooper starred in Eastwood’s American Sniper which told the story of U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who becomes one of the most lethal snipers in American history. In 2016 he went on to cast Tom Hanks as Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) in Sully which focused on Sully’s emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River, after US Airways Flight 1549 struck a flock of geese, saving all 155 passengers and crew on board his plane.