Clint Replaces Spielberg on American Sniper

It’s daunting to try to replace movie mega-director Steven Spielberg, but film legend actor/director Clint Eastwood is going to step in to helm American Sniper, a project which Spielberg recently quit. Eastwood has directed many critically acclaimed films over the years, including Unforgiven, Mystic River, Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby. The film will star Bradley Cooper.

American Sniper is an adaptation of the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, which tells the story of the 10 year career of the sniper who scored the most kills in Army history, causing Iraqi insurgents to place a bounty on his head. Despite his mastery in combat, Kyle’s military career puts a strain on his marriage and home life.

Bradley Cooper, best known for his Hangover comedies, follows up his performance in Silver Linings Playbook with this project, continuing his switch to a more serious career path. Eastwood’s skilled direction could be a boon for Cooper as he recreates himself.