Warner Bros. will give Clint Eastwood‘s American Sniper, an adaptation of the same-titled book by real-life Iraq War sniper Chris Kyle, a 12.25.14 limited release. Kyle is played by Bradley Cooper — a now-likely contender for Best Actor unless, of course, the film turns out to be lame. Which I’m not expecting to see happen. The costars are Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Kyle Gallner…I don’t know the rest of the guys in the cast. Sniper was almost directed by Steven Spielberg but then he bailed….close one. American Sniper will open wide on 1.16.15.

Bradley Cooper, Clint Eastwood during the shooting of American Sniper.