Clint Eastwood Prepares For New Film And Role

US director Clint Eastwood attends “The Clint Eastwood Cinema Lesson” during the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 21, 2017. Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP

 

Clint Eastwood, 90, will direct and star in a new film, “Cry Macho”, US media reported Friday.

It is unclear when filming will begin but Eastwood has already started scouting shooting locations, entertainment news site Deadline reported.

The screenplay for “Cry Macho” — which has not been officially given the go-ahead by Warner Bros — was written by N. Richard Nash, author of the 1970 novel of the same name.

Scriptwriter Nick Schenk, who worked with Eastwood on “Gran Torino” (2008) and “The Mule” (2018), is also reported to be involved.

The story is about a one-time rodeo star turned horse breeder who accepts a mission from a former boss to cross the US-Mexico border to snatch his son from an alcoholic mother and return the child to his father in Texas.

Arnold Schwarzenegger had been touted to play the lead role in 2011 but the project was canceled, US media reported.

Clint Eastwood Recreates Foiled Train Attack For Next Film

Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood’s is shooting his latest film in northern France, based on a true story of three U.S. citizens and a British man who disarmed a gunman on a Paris-bound train.

Eastwood filmed a sequence for the movie “The 15:17 to Paris” on Friday (September 1) in the train station of Arras, where residents are thrilled about the project.

“The 15:17 to Paris” is a re-enactment of the 2015 Thalys train attack in France and the childhood friends who thwarted it.

Eastwood cast real-life heroes Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone to play themselves in the picture.

The three men overcame gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani on an Amsterdam-Paris train, preventing him from carrying out a planned massacre.

After filming in Paris, the set moved to the northern town of Arras where the high-speed train had prematurely ended its journey.

At the time, Sadler, Skarlatos and Chris Norman, a British consultant, had given interviews to media in a small cafe near the train station while Stone was being treated in hospital for wounds he received during the attack.

They said they had no choice but to react when they saw the gunman cocking his assault rifle. Stone said he choked him while Skarlatos hit him on the head with one of his firearms.

Stone’s and Skarlatos’ military training kicked in while they provided first aid and searched the train to make sure there were no other gunmen, they said at the time.

They said the gunman was apparently untrained in firearms and that he could have used all his firepower to devastating effect if he had known more about weapons.

Then French President Francois Hollande awarded the three Americans and the Briton France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, for their heroism.

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Clint Eastwood Marks 25th Anniversary Of ‘Unforgiven’

Renowned filmmaker Clint Eastwood marked the 25th anniversary of his western ‘Unforgiven’ on Saturday at the 70th Cannes film festival.

The film portrays William Munny, played by Eastwood, an ageing outlaw and killer who takes on one more job, years after he had turned to farming. The film also stars Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. It won Eastwood an Oscar for ‘Best Picture’.

Eastwood said he didn’t realise how much time had gone by since its release.

“I’d like to congratulate Thierry (Fremaux) and Pierre (Lescure) for the 70th anniversary of the Cannes film festival, it’s become quite an event, and the 25th — I didn’t realise until I was reminded, that this is the 25th year since ‘Unforgiven’, ‘Impitoyable’ (in French) was released, because it seemed to me like it was five years ago,” he said.

Since the movie, the filmmaker has not made another western, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility.

“I always thought this would be, when I read the script 25 years ago, I always thought that this would be a good last western for me to do, and it was the last western, because I had never read one that worked as well as this one since that, but who knows, maybe something will come up in the future,” he said.

Eastwood will conduct a master class on filmmaking at the Cannes film festival on Sunday.

This year’s films in competition also include Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” a remake of Eastwood’s 1971 American Civil War tale of sexual tension.