By Mirembe Martina
The shocking revelation of Lance Armstrong left a huge impact in the lives of many of his supporters and those who believed in him that there is talk of a biopic of the sports man.
So far, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot had already secured the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a book by the New York Times’ Juliet Macur, which stems from Armstrong publicly admitting to using banned drugs and blood doping during his seven Tour de France wins.
Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper and Star Wars hero J.J. Abrams, are apparently already in talks to film the biopic about Armstrong. Although it was not a confirmation, during the Producers Guild Awards (PGA), Abrams said, “[Cooper] sent me an email and we’ve been talking.”
However, 38-year-old Cooper who expressed interest in the biopic saying he’d “love” to play Armstrong, who he considers “a fascinating character” has some tight competition as the likes of Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Christian Bale have all been named in relation to the role. “I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago,” Cooper told the British broadcaster. “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.”
At Sunday’s Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG) awards, Cooper laughed off the claims saying, “Oh my God, that’s so nuts!” he said before explaining that “I didn’t even know that J.J. has the rights, I had no idea. I don’t know anything about it.”