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What happens when the sexiest man alive teams up with the world's great living director? Well, we're about to find out, because The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Bradley Cooper and Steven Spielberg have signed on to lead and direct, respectively, the upcoming military biopic "American Sniper."
And it looks like the duo already has the Oscars planted dead-center in their crosshairs.
Based on the memoir "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History" by former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, "American Sniper" tells the story of how Kyle earned the highest kill count in American military history (160 confirmed kills out of 255 reported kills, for those interested in the grisly statistics). After serving four tours of duty during the Iraq War, Kyle was dubbed the Devil of Ramadi by enemy insurgents, who placed an $80,000 bounty on his head. After returning home and retiring from the service, Kyle was murdered by a fellow veteran reportedly suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
It's a story filled with both heroics and tragedy, which is likely what drew Cooper to the film; besides starring in "American Sniper," Cooper is named as co-producer alongside Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan.
Now they've been joined by Spielberg, who will not only direct but also co-produce the film, which basically ensures that it's going to get the fast track from production partners Warner Bros. and DreamWorks.
A legendary director, an Oscar nominated superstar, a New York Times number-one bestseller and a real American hero?