Bradley Cooper to Produce & Possibly Star in Lance Armstrong Biopic ‘Red Blooded American’

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Bradley Cooper May Star in Lance Armstrong Biopic Bradley Cooper to Produce & Possibly Star in Lance Armstrong Biopic Red Blooded American

The biopic is one of the sturdiest film genres out there, what with the potential for attention-grabbing physical transformations coupled with the long list of actors who have won Oscars for portraying real people (Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marion Cotillard, Christian Bale, and so on). A juicy story about a larger-than-life personality is often irresistible for actors wanting a good star turn.

The rise and very public fall of Lance Armstrong provides an ideal narrative, so it’s not difficult to see why Silver Linings Playbook star Bradley Cooper would be interested in portraying the disgraced 7-time Tour de France champion.

Deadline reports that Cooper has joined director Jay Roach’s Armstrong biopic Red Blooded American as a producer and could possibly take one of the two main parts in the film, which is being written by Scott Z. Burns (Side Effects).

Besides Armstrong, the other central role is that of Tyler Hamilton, Armstrong’s teammate on the US Postal Service Team who famously came forward and on 60 Minutes admitted he had witnessed Armstrong using performance enhancing drugs. Although accusations of doping plagued Armstrong for years, his bout with cancer and his status as one of the world’s most revered athletes tended to diffuse them. Hamilton’s accusations stuck, and when Armstrong publicly confessed to Oprah Winfrey that he had used performance enhancing drugs, he was stripped of his titles and quickly became one of the most reviled public figures in recent memory.

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The project, which is backed by Warner Bros. and Atlas Entertainment, is one of three Armstrong films on the fast-track to production. One competing film is being written by Trance scribe John Hodge for director Stephen Frears (The Queen), and as of around a month ago, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints star Ben Foster was in final talks to star as Armstrong.

The third biopic is to be produced by J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot production company and based on Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a HarperCollins book by New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur, who covered Armstrong from the late ’90s (his famous battle with cancer) to the mid-2000s.

Cooper was reportedly approached by Abrams for Cycle of Lies to star as Armstrong, but wound up at Warners instead, who may have been able to lure him to the project with the prospect of producing, too. Of these three projects, this one seems like it has the best hook – if it can beat Frears and Foster’s as-yet-untitled film into production.

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Red Blooded American‘s director, Jay Roach, helmed all three Austin Powers movies, as well as Meet the Parents and its sequel, but moved into more mature and interesting territory with the HBO movies Recount and Game Change.

It’s not at all unusual in Hollywood for similar, rival projects to enter development at the same time, even for biopics. Christopher Nolan was developing a film based on Howard Hughes with Jim Carrey, but Martin Scorcese’s Hughes biopic The Aviator beat him to the punch.

Frears and Foster’s movie might just be further along than Roach’s, and given Bradley Cooper’s in-demand status and full dance card – he has David O. Russell’s American Hustle releasing this December and is set to star in Cameron Crowe’s next project sometime early in the fall. On the other hand, with Stephen Spielberg dropping out of directing American Sniperhe could now have a solid window to beat the other projects to the finish line. 

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Stay tuned for more details on Red Blooded American and the various Lance Armstrong biopics as they become available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Who wants to see that? Not me..sure, he was a paragon of athleticism, but then we found out he was lying to people and “doping” using performance-enhancing drugs and supplements that were prohibited. Naw, I’d rather watch something about someone excelling fair and square.

    • See, I really don’t care about it, not because he lied but because who really gave a damn about cycling?

      In Britain, we only cared last summer when one of our guys won the Tour de France for the first time in decades then won Olympic gold weeks later. Before then, nobody could name a single cyclist, nor did they think it was even a sport.

      What we need are movies and biopics about people who genuinely deserve it, like Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking and the like.

      • I think we need a film of this too, and maybe even more than a film of heroes, because of the way we let ourselves get foooled for this. One man, a bully in all sence of the word, was introduce to us as a brave fighter against cancer, having the perfect family, and beating healthier athletes in the most epic way.

        This tragedy had a lesson involved: with this media circle we learn not only how far some lies can go, but also what happens when you tried to create an idilic image… based on them. And how you have to deal with the consequences, because there is consequences.

        • But this is a TV movie at best. There’s really nothing in it for anybody outside America and even then, will anyone in America even give a damn?

          We’ve had athletes lie to us. We’ve had them cheat on their wives, , caught taking drugs, some even get arrested for a hit and run that killed a child but you know what?

          After a few months, people stop caring and those people are out there playing football (soccer) with thousands of people cheering them on an almost daily basis in packed stadiums.

          One of Britain’s biggest sports heroes of all time is George Best. He’s still revered as a great years after his death yet when he was alive he gambled, became an alcoholic that died purely because he ignored doctor’s advice to stop drinking after a liver transplant and also cheated on and beat his girlfriends and wives for decades.

          • agreed keep it on 60 minutes where it belongs, or a sportscenter documentary

          • This is of what I talk about: people forget the bad side for the bright of the glory good side. Few like OJ Simpson pays for what they did, and even Simpson scaped from justice for a very long time, and if is on jail is for other crime not related to the murder of his wife, even when EVERYONE knew HE DID IT!

            We can’t let ourselves get fooled like this anymore. We shouldn’t forget. We can’t forget. Less forgive.

      • Erm…… Sir Chris Hoy??

      • @ Goldilocks and Dazz

        Speak for yourself dude, le Tour is one of the most respected and grueling sports in the world. No matter what doping scandals have surfaced, these guys put everything on the line for 20+ days and thousands of miles of racing. You being a Brit, I would have thought you’d have more class than making such a baseless claim that nobody watches it. 2 of the greatest broadcasters Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwin are British themselves who work the Tour every year. You’d have to be a fool to think people didn’t watch this. The movie would be completely intriguing and offer way more introspection than the constant media garbage being fed to the sheep. How about you show a little respect to the sport?

        What people don’t realize is that Lance still IS a paragon for the sport and will be remembered as such many years later. Practically EVERYONE in the GC doped, meaning Lance outdid men who were on the very same juice. Did you guys even watch the races, or are you just on board with the rest of the nonsensical masses who think they know a sport after one guy admits to doping?

        No one is saying the guy is a saint, but he’s the product of his own lying and a witch hunt to pin most of the sports shortcomings on the most popular guy. He’s the scapegoat for every other rider out there who did the same exact thing. He just had much more riding on it, with his charity and millions worth in sponsorships not to mention his medals and worldwide admiration.

        This movie will be great, Bradley Cooper is a fine actor and has loads more respect for the source material than most of the peons that lurk on this site.

        • Well argued. There might well be some life in them thar movies on world’s greatest drug cheats.

          • Thanks Rocky, and tell Adrienne “YO” from me.

    • @ Goldilocks and Dazz

      Speak for yourself, le Tour is one of the most respected and grueling sports in the world. No matter what doping scandals have surfaced, these guys put everything on the line for 20+ days and thousands of miles of racing. You being a Brit, I would have thought to have more class than making such a baseless claim that nobody watches it. 2 of the greatest broadcasters Phil Ligget and Paul Sherwin are British themselves. You’d have to be a fool to think people didn’t watch this. The movie would be completely intriguing and offer way more introspection than the constant media garbage being fed to the sheep. How about you show a little respect to the sport.

      What people don’t realize is that Lance still IS a paragon for the sport and will be remembered as such many years later. Practically EVERYONE in the GC doped, meaning Lance outdid men who were on the very same juice. Did you guys even watch the races, or are you just on board with the rest of the nonsensical masses who think they know a sport after one guy admits to doping?

      No one is saying the guy is a saint, but he’s the product of his own lying and a witch hunt to pin most of the sports shortcomings on the most popular guy. He’s the scapegoat for every other rider out there who did the same damn thing.

      This movie will be great, Bradley Cooper is a fine actor and has loads more respect for the source material than most of the peons that lurk on this site.

  2. I’m going to agree with Dazz. I think this has far more potential as an HBO Television movie. It would do really well. But as an actual film in theaters, I’m not so sure.

    • Yep, me too – in fact, leave this scumbag to rot – don’t tell his ‘story’ and don’t pay him ‘royalties’. Perhaps we need a film about Ben Johnson or Tyson Gay & Asafa Powell…. Why do we need to know about this?

  3. Wait, Jay Roach is directing? Is this a comedy? Ahh its all starting to make sense now.

  4. “Red Blooded American”? Was “Lying Cheating Pr**k” already taken?

    • GOod one.

  5. This will get no money from me.

  6. I wonder if they’ll show Bradley Cooper having one testicle like that loser liar doping juicing bully deceiving manipulating human garbage piece of crap Lance Armstrong has.

  7. I’d like to see it if it’s accurate, especially as an Irishman, I’d hope that the roles of Paul Kimmage, David Walsh and Emma O’Reilly are a strong part of the story as he treated them and many others appallingly and they deserve a lot of credit for being part of his downfall

  8. On a side note: What does “Red Blooded American” mean? I didn’t realize there were options.

  9. There are plenty of big time cheats in plenty of pro sports. But the thing that gets many people is the absolute lack of remorse on Lance’s part. He has remained a cynic of life. As for the movie – you never know. Get in enough interesting details and sides to the story and have great script, direction and acting and we may have a winner here – without doping being necessary of course.

  10. Let’s not forget that Lance Armstrong has raised millions of dollars towards cancer research. Which is admirable.

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