Thursday, 30 October 2014

First stills of Bradley Cooper in American Sniper arrive online

American Sniper has been something of a passion project for Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook). He initially had Steven Spielberg attached to direct, but when the Lincoln (2012) director passed, Clint Eastwood (J. Edgar) took on the project. The film is set for release here early next year and the first images have recently arrived via USA Today.

Jason Hall (Paranoia) has adapted Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's book, subtitled The Autobiography Of The Most Lethal Sniper In US Military, which recorded Kyle's career as a Texas born shooter who notched the highest number of recorded kills for an American. But his dedication to his sights and his SEAL mates has an impact on his relationship with his wife (Sienna Miller). And in a tragic twist, Kyle was killed at a shooting range by the traumatised fellow veteran who he and a friend were helping post-military service.

"Thank God I got to talk to him once on the phone,'' Cooper told USA Today. "It was a very quick conversation. But I did tell him how serious I was about making this movie. And he should just know that whatever fears he had about Hollywood, to just put them aside and trust me. That I was going to do everything I could to tell this story."

According to the actor/producer, this was an important job. "I had to do right by him and his family, there was really no choice," he says. "You're sitting across the dining room table talking to this person's father and mother. And his children and wife are there. And he's passed away. Knowing that they are putting all of their stories in your hands and the responsibly of that, it's actually unique."

American Sniper arrives in the US on Christmas Day and arrives here in the UK on 16 January.

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