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Watch the Heart-Pounding Trailer for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper

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Judging from the trailer, Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is poised to be a heart-stopping look at the life of America’s most effective sniper.

The central character, a Navy SEAL named Chris Kyle — played by Bradley Cooper — logged more than 160 kills during his service in Iraq. With Eastwood’s name attached and a Christmas release date, American Sniper also seems to be a likely Oscar contender.

Watch TIME’s interview with Kyle here:

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Write to Justin Worland at justin.worland@time.com