Clint Eastwood swiftly follows this year’s Jersey Boys with the upcoming biographical thriller American Sniper. Based on army man Chris Kyle’s modestly titled memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, Eastwood’s latest sees Bradley Cooper in the title role, as well as a supporting cast featuring Sienna Miller and Luke Grimes.
The official synopsis from Warner Brothers tells us:
U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-in-arms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname “Legend.” However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world.
Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.
With a heavier emphasis on nerve-shredding tension than all out action, it looks like Eastwood has another winner on his hands here.
American Sniper hits UK cinemas on January 5th 2015.