Clint Eastwood’s new film ‘American Sniper’ is due to start production next month, what do we know about the project so far?
Two time Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper is billed to play Chris Kyle
The life of Navy SEAL, Chris Kyle, a sniper with the highest recorded number of sniper kills for an American, is the subject of Clint Eastwood’s new film. American Sniper will be based on the autobiography of the same name, written by Kyle, Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice. The astonishing story records the career of Kyle, who held the US record for sniper kills, with over 150 kills confirmed.
Described by Green Beret Charles W. Sasser as a ‘true American warrior down to the bone’, the autobiography shares details of Kyle’s career, which spanned a decade and included several combat tours as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Kyle tells the story of how he transitioned from life in his home state of Texas as a rodeo cowboy to become one of the most deadly assassins in US Military history.
The autobiography has been adapted for screen by Jason Hall and Bradley Cooper has been cast to star as Kyle, with Sienna Miller as his wife, Taya Renae Kyle. Initially there were rumours that both David O. Russell and Steven Spielberg were interested in directing the film, but instead it’s gone to double Oscar winning director Clint Eastwood, who is renowned for his gritty films and weighty directorial style.