bradley-cooper-hot-american-sniper-chef.jpgBradley Cooper is taking full advantage of his new-found movie stardom, landing Steven Spielberg to direct a personal passion project and signing on for “Chef” to be directed by “ER” executive producer John Wells.

Spielberg has signed to direct Cooper in “American Sniper” based on the book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper In U.S. Military History” about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.

Cooper optioned the New York Times bestseller himself with an eye toward playing Kyle, a passionate marksman and weapons enthusiast whose life recently came to a dramatic end.

Cooper will shoot “American Sniper” after completing Cameron Crowe’s untitled film he’s scheduled to shoot this fall opposite Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams.

Then, after “Sniper,” he’ll segue into “Chef” about a celebrated Paris chef with a substance abuse problem. Deadline reports that project reunites Cooper with “Silver Linings Playbook” distributor The Weinstein Company, who also produced Wells’ upcoming Broadway play adaptation “August: Osage County” starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

Between the success of the blockbuster comedy franchise “The Hangover” and his Oscar-nominated turn in romantic comedy hit “Silver Linings,” Cooper has been red hot in Hollywood lately. He’s currently filming “American Hustle” opposite Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lawrence for “Silver Linings” director David O. Russell in Boston.

He also dropped out of a co-starring role in the troubled Natalie Portman Western “Jane Got a Gun” citing scheduling conflicts, which is even more understandable in light of these recent gigs.

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