Bradley Cooper to Star in AMERICAN SNIPER for Steven Spielberg

Posted May 2, 2013 by Rick in Movie News

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He is known to be the greatest American sniper ever, and is called “the devil” by his nemesis and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers:

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle has been the most skilled sniper in the United States military.  The pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has failed to confirm the great total number for this book.  Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle and named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head.  Chris Kyle became a great legacy among his fellow SEALS, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected.  Kyle’s skills and battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.

When Kyle was a child he learned how to shoot on his childhood hunting trips with his father and was  a champion saddle-bronc rider before he joined the Navy.  After 9/11, he was placed onto the front lines of the War on Terror, and found his big break as a world-class sniper who worked great under pressure.  His personal-record was 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle rescued a group of Marines trapped on a street.  He has spoke about the pain of war and his experiences being shot as well as losing his two close friends.

Adrenaline-charged and deeply personal, American Sniper is a thrilling eyewitness account of war that only one man could tell.

Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) will be excluded from Gavin O’Connor’Jane Got a Gun.  Cooper will star in American Sniper for director Steven Spielberg.  Cooper has been involved in the film which is a modification of the bestselling Navy SEAL autobiography for about a year now.

Spielberg will make American Sniper his next directorial effort.  Spielberg was expected to helm the Robopocalypse adaptation, but that film was held back earlier this year.   He’s also working on co-producing a third wartime miniseries for HBO, will be jury president at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival, is developing Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon as a TV Miniseries, and has a number of other films in mind over the next few years – though Gods and Kings won’t be one of them.