Hollywood heavyweight Steven Spielberg will tell the tragic true story of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle’s life. The director will join forces with Bradley Cooper, who is slated to play the lead role in the upcoming film.

Kyle is celebrated as the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history, with 160 confirmed kills. He was shot and killed in February by a fellow veteran in Texas. Kyle wrote the bestselling autobiography “American Sniper” after leaving the Navy in 2009.

Spielberg rarely directs films on contemporary subject matter, so this project comes as a surprise to some in Hollywood.

The film will replace the delayed sci-fi flick “Robopocalypse” on the director’s schedule.

“We found that the film was costing a lot of money and I found a better way to tell the story more economically but also much more personally,” Spielberg said to “I found the personal way into ‘Robopocalypse,’ and so I just told everybody to go find other jobs, I’m starting on a new script and we’ll have this movie back on its feet soon.”