Anthony Sadler and Clint Eastwood photo by Keith Bernstein
Story Made in the CSU

'Hometown Hero' and Sacramento State Alumnus Anthony Sadler Stars in Clint Eastwood's 'The 15:17 to Paris'

Angie Marcos

The director cast real-life heroes Sadler and his friends to play themselves in the true story of heroism in an alleged terrorist attack in 2015.

Anthony Sadler and Clint Eastwood photo by Keith Bernstein

Spencer Stone, left, and Sacramento State alumnus Anthony Sadler, center, with Clint Eastwood, director of "The 15:17 to Paris." Photo by Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.


Clint Eastwood newest film, "The 15:17 to Paris," centers on the August 2015 story of an alleged terrorist attack on a train bound from Amsterdam to Paris and the heroism of passengers in stopping the shooter, who opened fire on the train. 

What began as a carefree summer vacation in Europe with three childhood friends nearly three years ago quickly changed the life of then-22-year-old California State University, Sacramento, kinesiology student Anthony Sadler and his friends, U.S. Air Force airman Spencer Stone and Oregon National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos. 

The three are credited with thwarting the attack, disarming and detaining the suspected terrorist with the help of fellow train passengers. The trio were hailed heroes by President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande, the latter of which presented the men with the country's highest award, the Legion of Honor medal. 

The feature film directed by Eastwood is based on the book of the same name by Sadler, Stone and Skarlatos. In an unusual move, Eastwood opted to cast the three men as themselves in the movie.

Said Sadler upon graduating in 2017 from Sac State, "I'm excited and feel accomplished."

"The 15:17 to Paris" opens tomorrow, Friday, February 9.

Watch the Sacramento State video, "Hometown Heroes Parade," honoring Anthony Sadler, Stone and Skarlatos:


Watch Sacramento State's video of Anthony Sadler’s 2017 graduation: