We interview The 15:17 to Paris cast, including the real-life heroes who stopped a terrorist attack
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow will release Clint Eastwood’s The 15:17 to Paris on February 9 and we got a chance to interview the cast. The film tells the real-life story of three men whose brave act turned them into heroes during a highspeed railway ride. We chatted with real-life heroes Anthony Sadler, Spencer Stone and Alek Skarlatos, the men who stopped the terrorist attack in Paris in 2015. The men play themselves in the film. We also spoke to Jenna Fischer (The Office), who plays Alek’s mom. You can check out our The 15:17 to Paris cast interviews in the player below.
In the early evening of August 21, 2015, the world watched in stunned silence as the media reported a thwarted terrorist attack on Thalys train #9364 bound for Paris—an attempt prevented by three courageous young Americans traveling through Europe. The 15:17 to Paris follows the course of the friends’ lives, from the struggles of childhood through finding their footing in life, to the series of unlikely events leading up to the attack. Throughout the harrowing ordeal, their friendship never wavers, making it their greatest weapon and allowing them to save the lives of the more than 500 passengers on board.
The heroic trio is comprised of Anthony Sadler, Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, and U.S. Air Force Airman First Class Spencer Stone, who play themselves in the film. Starring alongside them are Jenna Fischer (Hall Pass, TV’s The Office); Judy Greer (War for the Planet of the Apes); and Ray Corasani (TV’s upcoming The Long Road Home). Paul-Mikél Williams plays the younger Anthony; Max Ivutin and Bryce Gheisar each play younger versions of Alek; and Cole Eichenberger and William Jennings take on the role of the younger Spencer.
Eastwood (Sully, American Sniper) directs from a screenplay by Dorothy Blyskal, based on the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes by Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, Spencer Stone and Jeffrey E. Stern. Eastwood also produces the film, along with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier. The film’s executive producer is Bruce Berman.
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