Bradley Cooper has joined Warner Bros' upcoming film project that focuses on 7-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, whose career ended in disgrace when he finally admitted he was doping. The movie is called Red Blooded American.
Cooper will be a producer on the film, but is also looking to star in one of two roles. He will either play Armstrong or Tyler Hamilton, "the former Armstrong teammate who was part of Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team and who came forward and told what he saw Armstrong doing in a 60 Minutes segment."
Needless to say, Armstrong was pissed off at Hamilton for breaking the circle of trust. The script for the film will be written by Side Effects scribe Scott Z. Burns.
This is one of three projects based on Armstrong's experiences. Working Title is also working on one that will star Ben Foster as Armstrong. That one comes from Trainspotting scribe John Hodge. Then J.J. Abrams is producing another film at Paramount Pictures, which is based on the book Cycle of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong. Cooper was actually approached by Abrams at one point to star in the film, but it looks like Cooper has other plans.
The rise and fall of Armstrong is such an interesting, dramatic story, which is why everyone wants to get in on the action. It seems like all the studios are trying to fast track their films into production, hopefully they spread out the release dates so we aren't bombarded with a three Lance Armstrong films at once.