It seems as though Bradley Cooper has finally found the perfect balance between commercial accessibility and critical acclaim. The Oscar nominated actor is currently speaking to J.J. Abrams about portraying the disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong, in a biopic produced by Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures.
Shortly after Bradley Cooper expressed interest (publicly) in portraying disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming biopic about the athlete, the producer/director confirmed to ET exclusively that he is indeed in talks with Cooper for the role.
Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot (J.J. Abrams’ production company) secured the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a book proposal penned by Juliet Macur, in mid-January just after Armstrong admitted publicly to doping during all seven Tour de France wins. The author, a sports reporter from The New York Times, has covered the athlete over the span of a decade throughout Armstrong’s struggle with cancer, years of doping allegations and ensuing lawsuits.
Deadline broke the news of this project shortly before Bradley Cooper expressed an interest. Cooper has been quick to deny any knowledge of the project, though that may change once the awards season is over.
J.J Abrams has recently signed up to direct the next Star Wars film, while Bradley Cooper has been nominated for the Best Actor in a Leading Role Oscar for his role as troubled teacher, Pat Solitano, in Silver Linings Playbook.