Kyle Gallner, Jeremie Harris and Alexander Ludwig are being eyed to star in Clint Eastwood’s next movie THE 15:17 TO PARIS, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told the Tracking Board.
Warner Bros. declined to comment. Sources stress that offers are not out yet so negotiations have yet to begin, but that Eastwood appears to have settled on his three leads.
The 15:17 to Paris is based on the true story of Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, three Americans who thwarted a terrorist attack on a train traveling from Brussels to Paris, on which an AK-47 could do an awful lot of damage. The heroic trio were lauded for their bravery, and their story was covered by the international press.
Sadler, Skarlatos, Stone then teamed with Jeffrey E. Stern to write the book The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes, which will serve as the basis for Eastwood’s film. Screenwriter Dorothy Blyskal adapted the book.
Harris is believed to be the clear choice for Sadler, while Gallner just worked with Eastwood on American Sniper and is said to have been a favorite of the director throughout the casting process, which has seen numerous young actors audition for the Oscar-winning filmmaker.
Eastwood will produce the thriller with Tim Moore, Kristina Rivera and Jessica Meier. The director is coming off back-to-back hits at Warner Bros., which released Sully to the tune of $240 million worldwide after taking in $547 million worldwide and a Best Picture nomination for American Sniper.
Eastwood recently turned 87 years old and he still continues to direct at a prolific pace while churning out quality films. He’s separately producing Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born at Warners, which has enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the screen legend over the years.
Gallner co-starred in Kevin Smith’s Red State and Justin Simien’s Dear White People. He’ll soon be seen in Bobby Miller’s The Master Cleanse, which is currently awaiting distribution. He’s represented by UTA and Hansen, Jacobson.
Harris in having a banner year, as he plays Ptonomy Wallace on FX’s Legion and Shane Vincent on The Get Down. He’s repped by UTA.
Representatives for all the actors either didn’t respond to requests for comment, or directed inquiries to Eastwood himself, who as you might imagine, is difficult to reach.
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