Clint Eastwood’s film about the heroism of an Oregon National Guard Specialist and his friends who helped stop a terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in 2015 will be coming to a theater near you soon.
Deadline Hollywood reports the movie, titled The 15:17 to Paris, is slated for a Feb. 9, 2018 worldwide release. The film is based on a book written by Alek Skarlatos, U.S. Air Force Airman Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler following the thwarted attack.
The three men, whose friendship dates back to when they were children, were aboard a train from Amsterdam to Paris on Aug. 21, 2015 when they jumped into action after hearing gunshots. As the gunman entered their train and stopped to reload Stone tackled him and wrestled him to the ground. That’s when Skarlatos managed to grab the gunman’s rifle, and strike him with the butt of the weapon.
"I saw a guy entering the train with an AK-47 and a handgun, and I just looked over to Spencer and said, 'Let's go, go!'" Skarlatos said in the days after the attack.
The three men eventually subdued the gunman and tied him up until handing him over to authorities at the next train station. Stone was injured when the gunman slashed him with a box cutter during the struggle. He was released from the hospital a few days later.
The incident earned global attention and accolades from world leaders at the time, including French President François Hollande and President Obama.
The film will reportedly focus on the trio’s lifelong friendship leading up to the moment they sprung into action aboard the train.
“Sources say that, while the three will have good sized roles, the film is expected to begin during their childhood and show their friendship leading up to the moment that changed their lives. That means the roles will not be full-on leads,” Variety reported in July.
Skarlatos, Stone and Sadler will play their adult selves in the film. Three younger actors will play them in childhood scenes.