476275389 Sienna Miller Takes the (Female) Lead in American Sniper
After some behind-the-scenes shakeups, “American Sniper,” the biopic of late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is getting back on track, with actress Sienna Miller reportedly in talks for a lead role.

TheWrap writes that Miller is poised to play Kyle’s wife, Taya, “who must raise his children while he’s overseas fighting the enemy.” Bradley Cooper is playing Kyle, a SEAL who had the most confirmed kills in U.S. military history.

“American Sniper” is based on Kyle’s memoir of the same name, which details both his experiences at home and in the military. Kyle’s sniper status earned him a bounty on his head, and his multiple deployments abroad put a strain on his family life. He died last year after being shot by a fellow veteran.

According to TheWrap, Miller beat out several other high-profile actresses for the part, including Jaimie Alexander (“Thor”) and Kate Mara (the new Invisible Woman in “The Fantastic Four”).

Clint Eastwood is directing, after Steven Spielberg bowed out of the project last year. Cooper is co-producing the film.

“American Sniper” is set to begin production next month.

Photo by ​ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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