East­wood re-en­acts France train at­tack

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AR­RAS, France — Clint East­wood is in France di­rect­ing a film that reen­acts the dra­matic end to an at­tempted Is­lamic State group at­tack on a high-speed train that saw three Amer­i­cans take down the gun­man.

After rent­ing a Thalys train for five days of film­ing “The 15:17 to Paris,” work was wrap­ping up in Ar­ras, the town where the ex­press ended up after Ay­oub El Khaz­zani was over­pow­ered by pas­sen­gers, in­clud­ing the child­hood friends from Cal­i­for­nia. They re­ceived the Le­gion of Honor, France’s high­est dec­o­ra­tion. Va­ri­ety has re­ported that the friends will play them­selves in the movie

Fri­day’s film­ing shut down two tracks in Ar­ras.

El Khaz­zani’s lawyer has said the sus­pect in the Au­gust 2015 at­tack acted on or­ders from the leader of the IS cell that at­tacked Paris three months later.

Michel Spin­gler / The Associated Press

Film direc­tor Clint East­wood (cen­ter) di­rects ac­tors dur­ing the film­ing of “The 15:17 to Paris” in Ar­ras, north­ern France.

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