While Bradley Cooper's public desire to play Lance Armstrong has not made any waves since he last spoke to director J.J. Abrams, a new high profile role came his way. According to The New York Post on Feb. 8, a new role opened for Bradley Cooper as Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
Kyle was murdered last week by a mentally ill Iraq war veteran that he was trying to help. Kyle took Eddie Ray Routh to a shooting range to help him deal with his post traumatic stress disorder. The former soldier then turned on Kyle and another solider and gunned both men down before going on the run.
Chris Kyle originally became famous for his book, "American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in US Military History." Cooper's production company purchased the rights to the book and a new script is underway about the man's life.
This opportunity comes as Cooper heads to the Oscars with a nomination for Best Actor for his work on "Silver Linings Playbook."
Kyle served four tours of Iraq, receiving two Silver Stars, five Bronze Stars with Valor, two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation. He accounted for over 150 sniper kills between 1999-2009.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.