Anthony Sadler, the Sacramento State student who with two friends heroically prevented a terrorist attack on a train in France last year, is headed for the big screen – courtesy of a Hollywood icon.
Clint Eastwood will direct a movie adaptation of The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train and Three American Heroes, a book about the incident written by Sadler, his fellow train heroes Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone, and Jeffrey E. Stern.
Sadler, Skarlatos, and Stone were on a train to Paris when they spotted a gunman in their car. They ran toward the man – who was armed with a pistol, a box cutter, and an assault rifle – overpowering him and likely saving hundreds of lives. Following the incident, the trio became global heroes. They were awarded the Legion of Honor, France’s highest distinction, and were invited to the White House, where President Barack Obama hailed their bravery. They eventually returned to their hometown, Sacramento, to a hero’s welcome and parade.
It’s not exactly a coincidence that Eastwood – who knows a little something about taking down bad guys, at least in the movies – is set to bring their story to the big screen. Sadler told San Francisco’s ABC 7 last year that the three sent an autographed copy of The 15:17 to Paris to Eastwood last year, hoping he would direct a film adaptation.
Sadler, who is proudly #MadeAtSacState, also was honored at a Sacramento State football game last September.