Bradley Cooper may just be getting exactly what he's wished for. Last week the "Silver Linings Playbook" actor told BBC News that he would be interested in playing Lance Armstrong in the upcoming biopic, and now, director JJ Abrams said that he has been speaking to Cooper about the part.
"[Cooper] sent me an email and we've been talking," Abrams told ET.
"I would be interested in [playing Armstrong]," Cooper told BBC News. "I think he's fascinating. What a fascinating character."
Abrams is directing the film adaptation of Juliet Macur's upcoming "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong."
UPDATE: Bradley Cooper is now denying that he was hoping for the role. "Oh my God, that’s so nuts!" Cooper told Access Hollywood. "I was in Manchester, doing the BBC morning show… I had no idea what [the interviewer] was talking about. I didn’t even know that J.J. has the rights, I had no idea.”
McConaughey has been on a career renaissance of late (the McConaissance, as he told HuffPost Entertainment), and this is the type of juicy leading role that could get him an Oscar. Since he's friends with Armstrong, however, maybe put the odds of this happening at Infinity-to-1.
It almost happened once before ...
Squint and these two could play brothers.
Every movie benefits from more Gosling.
In case Jeremy Renner is too expensive.
Because he starred in "Premium Rush." (See, also: The bike behind him.)
Both Cruise and Armstrong weathered career low points opposite Oprah Winfrey.
Remember when Leto played Steve Prefontaine? He just needs to grow his eyebrows back.
Because Lewis is used to playing guys everyone hates.
Bale won an Oscar for playing a drug addict in "The Fighter"; imagine what he could do with Armstrong's sordid PED history.
Kevin Bacon can put his "Quicksilver" skills to good use!
Picture him with a buzz cut. They kind of look alike?
Day-Lewis is so versatile, he could play Armstrong <em>and</em> the bike.