Shortly after it was revealed in March that Paramount and J.J. Abrams were planning a biopic of Lance Armstrong, rumours suggested the want Bradley Cooper to star, which he denied. Now it seems he may play the disgraced cyclist after all, although in a different movie, as Deadline reports that he’s signed up to produce and probably star in Red Blooded American for Warner and director Jay Roach.
Roach has been attached since March, working from a screenplay by Scott Z. Burns (World War Z). Bradley Cooper will play one of the two main roles, either Lance Armstrong or Tyler Hamilton, the latter being Lance’s cycling teammate who was the one who first revealed that the seven-time Tour de France winner was using performance-enhancing drugs. After years of speculation and allegations, Armstrong finally came clean and admitted he was doping in a January interview with Oprah Winfrey.
The project is being put on the fast track as it’s jockeying against both Abrams’ Cycle of Lies, and a recently announced film from director Stephen Frears, which has Ben Foster attached to star. There’s no news on when Red Blooded American will shoot.