The Navy SEAL drama American Sniper, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Bradley Cooper, will make its way to select theaters on Dec. 25, before going nationwide on Jan. 16, 2015. Based on the highly acclaimed memoir by the late Chris Kyle, the story chronicles how Kyle became the number one sniper in the history of the United States military. Kyle's death made headlines last year when he was killed by a fellow veteran in a shooting accident.
In addition to portraying Kyle, Cooper is also producing the film with Andrew Lazar. The timing of the movie's release will help its chances of nabbing nominations during the awards season. Cooper received an Academy Award nomination for Silver Linings Playbook, and he could again be a serious contender for the Oscar for American Sniper.
Steven Spielberg was originally slated to direct, but he exited last year. Following his departure, Eastwood was brought on to helm the picture.
The picture stars other young notables, including True Blood's Luke Grimes, Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Kyle Gallner (CSI: NY), Sam Jaeger of TV's Parenthood, and Cory Hardrict, who previously worked with Clint Eastwood on the memorable 2008 drama Gran Torino.
Writer Jason Dean Hall, best known for the film Paranoia, adapted Kyle's bestselling book, American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, for this big screen production.
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