All smart actors know that you can’t always expect to have people just give you great parts–sometimes you have to find them yourself. So according to The Hollywood Reporter, Bradley Cooper has picked up the rights to “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, co-written with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice. Cooper will produce and, one would think, star.
Kyle recorded the highest number of career sniper kills for a member of the US military. THR says, “The book has been praised for its frankness in telling a first-person account of a warrior who shoots from far and close distances….Giving the book its emotional core are passages from Kyle’s wife, who slowly watches as her husband’s affection turns from her to the SEALs and war.”
Here’s the an excerpt from the lengthy description on Amazon:
He is the deadliest American sniper ever, called “the devil” by the enemies he hunted and “the legend” by his Navy SEAL brothers . . .
From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. 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. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experiences ranks as one of the great war memoirs of all time.
Cooper has about a million movies coming out in the next year. First up is “The Words,” which played at Sundance this year. Then there’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” with Ryan Gosling, David O. Russell’s “The Silver Linings Playbook,” and Suzanne Bier’s “Serena,” those latter two both with Jennifer Lawrence (yes, Cooper is fifteen years older than Lawrence, but Hollywood has decided they make sense as a couple). He’s rumored for the next Woody Allen movie, and also has a little thing called “The Hangover III” to take care of. So yes, plenty of Cooper coming up in the next year…