Thursday, December 18, 2014

American Sniper Peek #2: "I'm Ready To Come Home"

The final trailer for the biopic "American Sniper" is here.

Based upon U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's autobiography--Jason Dean Hall wrote the adapted script about Texas native Kyle (Bradley Cooper) who came to record the highest number of sniper kills (255) for an American. The book is a frank first-person account and includes passages from his wife who slowly watches her husband’s affection turn from her to his job. Tragically, this true American hero was killed by a fellow veteran at a shooting range in February 2013.

Sienna Miller is playing the Kyle's wife, who is raising his kids while he is off fighting overseas. Miller beat out Jaimie Alexander ("Thor") for the role. Kate Mara was also an early candidate for the role, but dropped out of consideration when she was cast in the reboot of The Fantastic Four.

Homeland co-star Navid Negahban has been cast as Iraqi local Sheikh al-Obeidi, who helps the SEALs find their targets. Boardwalk Empire's Eric Ladin plays Squirrel, a young surfer from Southern California who is part of the Seal team, while no further details have been released about the character Nashville's Eric Close will play. Gang Related's Rey Gallegos will appear as chief of the Seal team Tony. Jake McDorman will play Kyle's buddy Ryan 'Biggles' Job who was known for his sense of humor. Fifty Shades of Grey co-star Luke Grimes is playing fellow Seal team member Marc Lee Cory Hardrict ("Battle: Los Angeles") will play a fellow Navy SEAL in the pic. Sammy Sheik also stars. Several real-life SEALs are expected to appear in the movie. Parenthood star Sam Jaeger will play Captain Martens, who welcomes Kyle back to Iraq for his second tour of duty and is his commanding officer on his subsequent tour. Joel Lambert ("Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen") plays a Delta sniper who is sent on a mission with his partner (Owain Yeoman)

 Clint Eastwood took over directing duties--Steven Spielberg was due to helm the biopic but left the project last August, He decided to  move on because his vision of this movie would not mesh with the budget. DreamWorks also pulled out leaving the project solely in the hands of  Warner Bros where Eastwood makes his films.

Cooper, Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan are producing the film.

The movie has made quite a few critics Top 10 lists this year. It is set to open in wide release next week.

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