Eastwood’s Film Joins Oscars 2017 Race?

Announced in April of this year, Clint Eastwood’s “The 15:17 to Paris” is looking like it may be ready in time for an awards-qualifying run before the year is out.

Variety reports that the film, about the 2015 Thalys train attack in France and the three childhood American friends who thwarted a gunman from his planned massacre, only went into production back in early July.

Now, here in late August, the project is already nearly wrapped with Eastwood expected to be finished in the editing suite very soon and the film ready to screen in cinemas before the year’s out if they so choose to.

The issue there will be one of attention as Warners is expected to push big on “Dunkirk” and to a lesser extent “Wonder Woman” come awards campaign time. Whether they will want to focus on a third film is uncertain. Warners has no comment about the release plans for the film at this time.

Originally Kyle Gallner, Jeremie Harris, and Alexander Ludwig were going to play the leads but Eastwood, at the last minute, replaced them with the real life trio from the incident – Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler and Spencer Stone. The three play themselves alongside actors like Judy Greer, Thomas Lennon, Jenna Fischer, Tony Hale, Jaleel White in supporting roles.

Eastwood famously upset the Oscar race in 2004 when “Million Dollar Baby,” filmed that Summer and quickly rushed into cinemas in December, surprised all and took the Best Picture Oscar for the year.

That said he has competition in the form of Steven Spielberg’s “The Papers” and Ridley Scott’s “All the Money in the World” which both are in post-production and set for December releases.