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Clint Eastwood to direct film on thwarted terrorist train attack

22 April 2017

Clint Eastwood is to direct the heroic true story of three Americans who stopped a terrorist plot on a train bound for Paris, US media said on Thursday. Mr. Eastwood, who directed the 2014 hit "American Sniper", will helm "15:17 To Paris: The True Story Of A Terrorist, A Train, And Three American Heroes", based on a book written by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern.

"I just looked at Spencer and said, 'Let's go!'", said Mr Skarlatos at the time.

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Alek Skarlatos competed on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2015

Luckily the gun had jammed, but the men were unaware of that and continued regardless, with Stone adding: "He jumped up and ran, grabbed the guy by the neck".

"Then I grabbed the AK, which was at his feet, and started muzzle thumping him in the head with it". Stone was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, Skarlatos was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three pals proved fearless as they charged and ultimately overpowered the gunman after he emerged from a bathroom armed and ready to kill.

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It is the latest in a series of movies Eastwood has made based on real-life people in extraordinary situations.

His last directorial effort, Sully, about the titular passenger plane pilot who made a successful emergency landing on New York's Hudson River in 2009, became a hit for Eastwood and lead actor Tom Hanks previous year (16), while 2014 release American Sniper, which starred Bradley Cooper as Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle, won an Oscar for sound editing in 2015.

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Apparently, casting on the pic is already underway, with production looking to begin later this year.

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Clint Eastwood to direct film on thwarted terrorist train attack