Clint Eastwood has made an inspiring casting choice for his next film, “15:17 to Paris,” according to a report from Variety.
Instead of hiring actors to star in the true story of Anthony Sadler, Aleksander Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone, the 87-year-old director has decided to have the real-life heroes of the drama play themselves in the film.
The film will depict the story of the three men who thwarted a terrorist attack from an AK-47-wielding attacker in 2015 on a train headed from Amsterdam to Paris.
After the incident, the three men went to the White House to meet former President Barack Obama. They were also awarded the Airman’s Medal and Purple Heart (Stone), the Soldier’s Medal (Skarlatos), and the Defense Department Medal of Valor (Sadler).
The film itself is based on the book “15:17 to Paris: The True Story of A Terrorist, A Train, and Three American Heroes,” which was co-authored by the three friends.
Stone, Skarlatos and Spencer already have a relationship with Eastwood as well. The “Dirty Harry” star presented them with the “Hero Award” at the 2016 Spike Guys’ Choice Awards.
Other actors will reportedly play younger versions of the three men at various points in the film; and actors Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, and Ray Corasani have also joined the flick’s cast.
The casting decision only further proves Eastwood’s desire to highlight true heroism, bravery, and patriotism with the latest additions to his filmography, as well as his ability to remain original and groundbreaking as an artist who is pushing 90 years old.
His ability to adapt and find the right stories are the reasons his last two films, “American Sniper” and “Sully,” were critically acclaimed box office hits.
There is no release date set for “15:17 to Paris,” but production will likely begin later this year.