Bradley Cooper boards Lance Armstrong bio-pic as a producer. Warner Bros has raced to create a bio-pic on Armstrong since the 7-time Tour de France champion admitted he was doping on steroids and was stripped of his titles.
Warner Bros and Atlas entertainment are overseeing the production. Jay Roach has signed on to direct. While Bradley Cooper is negotiating to produce, he has not begun serious conversations to star in the picture.
Tentatively titled Red Blooded American, Cooper is looking to play one of the two major roles. One of the major roles is Armstrong and the other is Tyler Hamilton, the former Armstrong teammate who was part of Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team and came forward and told what he saw Armstrong doing in a 60 Minutes segment.
Warner Brother’s isn’t the only major production company pushing for an Armstrong film. It is reported that Working Title has director Stephen Frears pedaling a version of the film with Ben Foster starring. The drama is scripted by Trainspotting’s John Hodge. This version could begin filming as early as this fall. There is also a Paramount Pictures project with Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk, based on Cycle of Lies: The fall of Lance Armstrong, a book by New York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur.
Cooper will next be seen in David O Russell’s American Hustle (which Atlas produced). He is also scheduled to star in the untitled Cameron Crowe project, which is scheduled to shoot in Hawaii early this fall. After filming wraps Cooper is technically available to film and star in the Armstrong piece. Cooper is also working with Warner Bros to recalibrate their film American Sniper after Steven Spielberg withdrew from his directing commitment. Cooper’s next firm commitment is to bring The Elephant Man to Broadway in the latter part of 2014.
Cooper is repped by CAA.
The various version of the Armstrong film will tell the story of Armstrong’s battle with testicular cancer in the mid-1990s to the unraveling of his image in the last several years due to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
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