Bradley Cooper has expressed interest in play the role of Lance Armstrong for his upcoming biopic, but wanted to set the record straight about J.J. Abrams made his announcement at Sunday’s SAG Awards.
The role was described as fascinating. “I would be interested. I think he’s fascinating. What a fascinating character,” Cooper said. The actor also denied being in talks with producer J.J. Abrams about the upcoming film during an interview on the red carpet.
The 36-year-old “Silver Linings Playbook” star answered with an emphatic “no,” when asked about reports that he and Abrams have been in talks about him taking on the role.
“Oh my god, that’s so nuts!” he said.
Cooper got his first big Hollywood break in 2001 when working with Abrams on the ABC hit Alias with Jennifer Garner. Now Cooper’s denial contradicts what Abrams told “Entertainment Tonight” just 24 hours earlier at the Producers Guild Awards.
“[COOPER] sent me an email and we’ve been talking,” Abrams told the television outlet.
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot, Abram’s production company, landed the rights to “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong,” the book by New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur, shortly after the defunct athlete admitted nationally to doping during all seven Tour de France wins.
Unlike the Armstrong biopic that was in the works at Sony for years before the scandal broke, “Cycle of Lies” will be anything but a feel-good story about Armstrong’s triumph over cancer to win cycling’s greatest feat.
Abrams’ film will instead chronicle Armstrong’s doping days and the downfall of the former Olympic champion.
Cooper could still be the star of the biopic if Abrams wants him in the movie.