Cooper says, 'I'd love to play that character'
JJ Abrams has confirmed that he is in talks with Bradley Cooper to star in his upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic, reports Entertainment Tonight. Scroll down to watch the video.
The Star Trek director told Entertainment Tonight at the Producers Guild Awards: “[Cooper] sent me an email and we’ve been talking.”
Cooper has already said that he’s interested in playing the disgraced cyclist telling the BBC: “I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I’d love to play that character. I would love to do something, I think he’s pretty fascinating.”
Paramount Pictures and JJ Abrams’ production company Bad Robot bought the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a book proposal by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur and are currently working on a script. The book covers Armstrong’s struggle with cancer, years of doping allegations and the ensuing lawsuits.
After years of denials Lance Armstrong publicly admitted to doping during all seven of his Tour de France wins on the Opera Winfrey show at the beginning of this year.
Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook and JJ Abrams has also just signed up to direct Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII. His latest film Star Trek Into Darkness will be released in the UK on May 17.