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Bradley Cooper to play Chris Kyle in Steven Spielberg's 'American Sniper'

Based on the late Navy SEAL's own memoir

By William Goss May 10, 2013 1:44PM
Few other living directors could claim to be as distinctly American in their sensibilities as Steven Spielberg has proven to be, so it seems entirely apt that his follow-up to the immensely acclaimed "Lincoln" would be another biopic about a great man -- the most lethal sniper documented in American military history.

Chris Kyle served four tours of duty in Iraq and quickly earned himself a reputation as something of a living legend. (The Pentagon confirmed 160 kills, while Kyle placed the toll closer to 255.) The soldier then returned home to his family, wrote a best-selling autobiography and started a successful tactical training company. Kyle also made a point of spending time with other veterans coping with PTSD, a gesture which ultimately cost him his life at a Texas shooting range this past February.

If you haven't read "American Sniper," then I'd recommend giving this piece about the man's life a read. Whether or not a movie even needs to be made is a whole other story, but it's easy to see what attracted both Spielberg to direct the project and star Bradley Cooper to also produce it, as announced by THR. An early 2014 start date suggests that "American Sniper" will see a release by the end of next year.

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May 10, 2013 5:53PM
It is so nice to see Hollywood doing something to support our heros and make the men that make this Country great so people will know these truths and i hope remember them. Thank you Steven and Bradley.. Great Job..
May 10, 2013 6:47PM
"American Sniper" is a book I added to my reading list as soon as I heard about it.  I was saddened when I heard about Chris Kyle's death, especially because of how it happened.  Certainly will look forward to the release of this movie.  With Spielberg directing and Bradley Cooper starring, I expect it to be a "must see" movie in 2014.  I'm sure they'll do a good job telling Kyle's story.
May 10, 2013 7:17PM
It broke my heart when I heard about Kyle's death at a shooting range.  Hoping they do justice in bringing his story to life.
May 10, 2013 9:29PM

Chris was a great guy. I was fortunate enough to hear his story in person and get a real feel for what a fine man and patriot he was. One of the saddest things about his tragic death was that as of this day, our President has yet to acknowledge Chris' service or death publicly, nor has he or anyone in his administration reached out to the family.




May 10, 2013 9:56PM

Chris Kyle, there is a another man that done a lot of good with firearms and training others to properly use them, I am a U.S. Army viet nam vet and this young man was one of my heroes  

May 10, 2013 8:24PM
Chris Kyle was one of the best. I hope if they do a movie about him it does justice to him. He wasn't just great on the battlefield but back home as well. He will forever be missed!
May 10, 2013 8:04PM
would much rather see that, than another poop movie about a drunken drug head entertainer...
May 11, 2013 4:22AM

Chris's wife at the recent NRA convention. Very insightful


May 10, 2013 7:12PM
Gee, what a surprise! don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Mr. Cooper. I'm just beginning to wonder if there's any other actors out there besides Bradley Cooper. Sorry, getting a little burned out on Bradley Cooper.
May 10, 2013 9:18PM
i think paul thomas anderson is a far better example of an american director than spielberg. firstly, he has written everything he has directed, and they have all been brilliant. as such, he embody's that american DIY spirit to a greater extent than spielberg. secondly, he has written about some quintessentially american things - things that could only have happened in this country: the hollywood porn industry; the gold rush and the making of the country's wealthy elite; scientology; the game show; the brow beaten loser who becomes the hero. these things seem much more american to me than movies about aliens and world traveling action archeologists.
May 10, 2013 7:47PM
I'm always happy when I hear of Spielberg directing something. But I sure hope Bradley Cooper is replaced. I know he tries, but he straight-up cannot do drama. He is completely unconvincing when he does drama. His face has a lack of expressiveness that makes him impossible to buy. I especially can't see him playing a sniper in the military. Please cast someone else!
May 10, 2013 10:20PM
Listen, I read his book, I loved it. I love hearing about those hadjis getting what they deserved. But if you read the book that I read, you would know that Kyle was a badass killer...that's it!! Horrible husband...horrible father!!! He did his job. I can't stand all this talk of him being this great guy...I really don't think he was. His wife begged him not to go back for more tours..she and their child needed them at home..nope screw the family..screw the kids...cya
May 10, 2013 6:43PM
Craft, the private military group he worked for, IS involved in the bombing in boston, look into it, there is a good bit of proof
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