Bradley Cooper in talks to play Lance Armstrong in JJ Abrams' biopic?
Bradley Cooper appears to be one step closer to playing the controversial cyclist Lance Armstrong in J.J. Abrams' upcoming biopic.
On January 22, Cooper told BBC News that he would love to play Armstrong in a film about the disgraced cycling champion's life, adding: "I think he's fascinating. What a fascinating character."
On January 26, Abrams talked to Entertainment Tonight backstage at the Producers Guild Awards in Los Angeles, and opened up about the possibility of Cooper being cast in the coveted role.
"[Cooper] sent me an email and we've been talking," he told the entertainment outlet.
The actor, who is currently nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the 2012 movie "Silver Linings Playbook," told BBC News that Armstrong was a "great character" even before the doping controversy broke.
"I remember Matt Damon was going to do his [Armstrong's] autobiography at one point years ago," he told the news outlet. "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."
Earlier this month it was announced that Paramount Pictures and "Star Trek" director J.J. Abrams secured the rights to the upcoming book "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong" and will develop a film based on it, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The book, which will be published in June, is by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, who covered Armstrong's career for years.
Armstrong, 41, recently confessed to using performance-enhancing drugs publicly for the first time in an interview on Winfrey's "Oprah's Next Chapter" series, following years of denying such allegations.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and an Olympic Bronze Medal after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) published a report in October about his involvement in a widespread program involving steroids, blood transfusions and human growth hormone.
Cooper, who received an Oscar nomination earlier this month for his role in "Silver Linings Playbook," said he has not had any discussions about the role.