AFI Fest Secret Screening Revealed: Bradley Cooper’s ‘American Sniper’

Clint Eastwood’s war movie follows the exploits of decorated sharpshooter Chris Kyle

The secret is out!

AFI Fest has revealed that Clint Eastwood‘s war movie “American Sniper” will be its Secret Screening on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood. The film, which stars Bradley Cooper as decorated sniper Chris Kyle, makes its world premiere at the festival, which is being presented by Audi.

Clint Eastwood is an American icon,” said Bob Gazzale, AFI President & CEO. “His are stories that stand the test of time, and we are proud and honored to unveil his latest masterpiece.”

Opening in limited release on Dec. 25, “American Sniper” stars Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter. U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-inarms. 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 spirit of the SEAL creed to “leave no one behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

Jason Hall wrote “American Sniper,” based on the book by Chris Kyle, with Scott McEwan and Jim DeFelice. The film was produced by Eastwood, Robert Lorenz, Andrew Lazar, Bradley Cooper and Peter Morgan. Tim Moore, Hall, Sheroum Kim and Bruce Berman served as executive producers.

Jake McDorman and Luke Grimes co-star alongside Navid Negahban, Keir O’Donnell and Kyle Gallner.