Bradley Cooper is looking to star in American Sniper

Bradley Cooper

We haven’t heard much from Bradley Cooper in a while.  The popular actor has toyed with THE CROW reboot for a few years and has struggled to get PARADISE LOST off the ground and therefore, doesn’t have a big summer movie coming out this year.  Instead, Bradley Cooper is testing his acting chops in movies like THE WORDS and SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, both of which look pretty great.  But every actor needs a big budget tentpole to fund those smaller projects and if the synopsis is anything to go by, Bradley Cooper may have found it as his production company has snagged the rights to AMERICAN SNIPER, which is the autobiography of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.  I’ll let the synopsis straight from Amazon tell the story:

From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history.  He recorded a personal-record 2,100-yard kill shot outside Baghdad; in Fallujah, Kyle braved heavy fire to rescue a group of Marines trapped on a street; in Ramadi, he stared down insurgents with his pistol in close combat. Kyle talks honestly about the pain of war—of twice being shot and experiencing the tragic deaths of two close friends.  The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyles kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared Kyle so much they named him al-Shaitan (“the devil”) and placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow SEALs, Marines, and U.S. Army soldiers, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions.

It sounds a little like THE HURT LOCKER, but hopefully it will focus more on the amazing sniper work and less on the dramatic effects war has on soldiers.  It also depends on what direction Bradley Cooper wants to take it.  You could focus on the sniper aspect and make it an action film, or you could focus on the drama with his personal life and make it a drama.  The project is still a ways off, but Cooper’s schedule is somewhat clear, so it could happen sooner than later. (THR)

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