Clint Eastwood’s biographical war action film, “American Sniper,” is set for a limited release in Christmas. Read on to learn more about the upcoming movie.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow’s Navy SEAL drama, “American Sniper,” featuring Oscar-nominated actor Bradley Cooper, is set for a limited release on Christmas. The Cooper-produced passion project is helmed by veteran director Clint Eastwood and stars Cooper as real-life Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, credited for the most confirmed kills in the U.S. military history. The film is based on the New York Times bestselling autobiography, “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History,” a memoir of Chris Kyle that reveals how he came to record the highest number of sniper kills.
Kyle was a United States Navy SEAL who claimed to be the most lethal sniper in American military history, with 160 confirmed kills out of 255 claims. He served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. He was awarded the Grateful Nation Award by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs. By 2009, Kyle was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range on February 2, 2013, near Chalk Mountain, Texas by fellow veteran, Marine Eddie Ray Routh.
Earlier, it was announced that Warner Bros. had acquired the rights to the book. Years later, Steven Spielberg was announced to direct the film. Eastwood got in on the project when Spielberg dropped out for directing, parting ways with Warner. Moreover, Guy Ritchie’s feature adaptation of the classic TV series “Man From U.N.C.L.E,” starring Hugh Grant and Henry Cavill, is moving from Jan. 16, 2015 to summer of Aug. 14, 2015, while Alcon Entertainment’s “Point Break” reboot will shift from Aug. 7, 2015 to July 31, 2015.
“American Sniper” also stars Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner, Sam Jaeger, Jake McDorman and Cory Hardict. It is produced and directed by Clint Eastwood and co-produced by Bradley Cooper, Andrew Lazar, Robert Lorenz and Peter Morgan. The screenplay is penned by Jason Dean Hall. It will begin rolling out in select theaters on Christmas Day before expanding nationwide on Jan. 16, 2015.
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