Bradley Cooper Is Lance Armstrong? Maybe Not

Over the weekend came word that Bradley Cooper was in talks with J.J. Abrams to star in the Lance Armstrong-themed “Cycle of Lies” which Paramount Pictures and Abrams’ Bad Robot will produce.

Cooper discussed the idea of playing Armstrong last week. He told The BBC: “I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago. I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I’d love to play that character. I would love to do something, I think he’s pretty fascinating.”

Abrams confirmed over the weekend in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that he has talked about the idea with Cooper. Cooper’s acting career was launched after Abrams cast him as a regular on the spy thriller series “Alias”.

Then on Sunday at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, Cooper was asked by Access Hollywood about the Armstrong casting rumors. “No … Oh my god, that’s so nuts. 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. I don’t know anything about it.”