Bradley Cooper has declared that he would “love” to play Lance Armstrong in a movie adaptation of the disgraced cycler’s life.
Cooper, who was recently nominated for an Oscar after starring in David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, told the BBC, “I would be interested in that,” when asked about staring in an Armstrong film.
The actor added, “I think he’s fascinating. What a fascinating character. I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago. 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.”
JJ Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, have teamed up with Paramount Pictures to produce a movie on Armstrong’s life. It will be based on the forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, which has been written by New York Times reporter, Juliet Macur.
The film studio is yet to announce any casting decisions for the project, and Cooper is yet to have any talks over the Armstrong role. Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender, and Christian Bale are other actors who have been linked with the character too.
Armstrong, who recently partook in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to discuss the drug allegations which have tarnished his legacy, has admitted to doping in order to win his seven Tour de France titles.
Cooper is set to attend the Oscar’s ceremony with his mother on February 24, and he is up against Daniel Day-Lewis, Hugh Jackman, Joaquin Phoenix, and Denzel Washington in the Best Actor in a Leading Role category.