Famed actor and producer Clint Eastwood has lined up his next project, and much like his last two films, “Sully” and “American Sniper,” as well as many of his prior acting roles, this film will tell the story of relatively ordinary men overcoming great odds to act heroically in a moment of crisis.
According to Deadline Hollywood, Eastwood is set to adapt for film a book called “The 15:17 To Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes,” which told the story of a thwarted terrorist attack on board a train from Brussels to Paris in 2015.
The book was written by the three young American men who prevented the attack — Anthony Sadler, National Guard Spc. Alek Skarlatos and U.S.A.F. Airman Spencer Stone — with help from author Jeffrey E. Stern, and has been turned into a screenplay picked up by Eastwood.
Casting calls are reportedly already underway and actual production of the film should begin at some point later this year.
The Washington Times recalled the terror incident on board the train on August 21, 2015, which vaulted the three long-time friends into the unwanted status of “hero” after they took it upon themselves to end the radical Islamist’s attack before it could really get started.
Ayoub El-Khazzani had boarded the #9364 train to Paris from Brussels armed with an AK-47 rifle, an abundance of extra magazines, a handgun and a box-cutter knife, obviously with the intent of causing death and bodily harm to the numerous unarmed individuals already on board the train.