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Just days after the death of former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, actor Bradley Cooper says that he wants to get his American Sniper film, based on Kyle’s autobiography, moving as soon as he can.
Kyle and another veteran were killed over the weekend at a Texas gun range. Eddie Ray Routh, a veteran who Kyle was reportedly trying to help, is being held as the only suspect.
Cooper, who is up for an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, appeared on NPR’s Fresh Air Thursday and spoke about his plans to make a movie based on American Sniper. According to The Wrap, Cooper has owned the rights to the book since last spring and is hoping to get the film fast-tracked in the wake of Kyle’s death.
The actor said he met with producers the day he heard about Kyle’s death to figure out “how we can speed up the process and really try to make this movie.”
“I couldn't believe it,” Cooper said about hearing the news. “Thursday I was at Walter Reed Hospital meeting with veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder, among many other ailments, and then all of a sudden I heard this thing and I just couldn't believe it.”
AceShowBiz reports that Cooper continued, “His story, first of all, needs to be told, and it's also relevant on two fronts. One, gun control, and two, the needs to address this - the many soldiers that are coming back with post-traumatic stress disorder.”
Cooper said that he will play Kyle and it will be produced by his 22nd & Indiana banner with Andrew Lazar and Peter Morgan at Warner Bros. He is set to star in his Silver Linings director David O. Russell’s next film.