Months after Bradley Cooper denied he is playing fallen cyclist Lance Armstrong in a biopic from Paramount and J.J. Abrams, the actor has signed on to produce and star in a different movie about the cyclist, Red Blooded American for Warner Bros. and director Jay Roach.
We first reported on the Warner Bros. project in March, when Jay Roach signed on to direct from a screenplay written by Scott Z. Burns. Bradley Cooper will play one of the two main roles, either Lance Armstrong or Tyler Hamilton, his cycling teammate who first revealed that the seven-time Tour de France winner was using performance-enhancing drugs. After years of speculation and allegations, Lance Armstrong finally came clean and admitted he was doping in a January interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Charles Roven and Alex Gartner are producing through their Atlas Entertainment company. The project is being put on the fast track, but it isn't known when shooting may begin. Aside from J.J. Abrams' biopic entitled Cycle of Lies, director Stephen Frears is mounting his own movie about the cyclist, which we reported last month has Ben Foster attached to star. We'll have to wait and see which one of these Lance Armstrong will get out of the gate first.