David O. Russell Could Direct Bradley Cooper in 'American Sniper'
After earning a Best Director nomination for his sports drama The Fighter, filmmaker David O. Russell is in the rare position of being able to essentially do whatever he wants for his next project. He has Silver Linings Playbook (no more "The" in the title) coming to theaters soon following its TIFF premiere, and now THR reports that Russell and Playbook star Bradley Cooper could be reuniting on American Sniper, a project Cooper will star in and produce for Warner Bros. with his newly-formed production company. The movie will tell the story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in American history. More below!
In a Q&A with THR, Russell spoke about how he met with Cooper and wanted to direct him in Pride & Prejudice & Zombies before that adaptation fell apart. The duo have since formed a solid working relationship, with Cooper taking over for former Russell collaborator Mark Wahlberg in Silver Linings Playbook and also snagging a lead role in the untitled project formerly known as American Bullshit alongside Jeremy Renner (who replaced The Fighter star Christian Bale) and Amy Adams.
Russell seems to have left Wahlberg in his rearview and found a new muse in Cooper, saying, "We've also discussed American Sniper, a property Bradley has acquired. I'm really excited to work with him again. He is like an athlete who wants to burst out of the blocks and wants to stretch in all these new ways." Could Russell and Cooper become the next iconic pairing of director and actor, following in the footsteps of Scorsese and De Niro, or more recently DiCaprio? Time will tell, but I'm hoping that Russell's talents behind the camera can bring out Cooper's best performances. Interested?