Director JJ Abrams has said he and Bradley Cooper have been talking about working on the Lance Armstrong biopic that was announced last week. Abrams told Entertainment Tonight, "[Cooper] sent me an email and we've been talking."
The correspondence follows Cooper's declaration of interest to play the role of the disgraced cyclist. Cooper previously told the BBC "I would be interested in [playing Armstrong]. I would love to do something, I think he's pretty fascinating." Cooper has been nominated for the best actor Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook. Matt Damon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Fassbender and Christian Bale have also been connected to playing the role of Armstrong.
It has not been confirmed that Abrams, who has directed two Star Trek films, will be directing the film. However, last week his production company Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures secured the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a book proposal by Juliet Macur.
The deal came shortly after Armstrong publicly admitted in an interview with Oprah Winfrey to taking performance-enhancing drugs on all seven of his Tour de France wins. Macur, a New York Times journalist, has written about the athlete's career for over a decade. New claims about Armstrong's drug-taking emerged over the weekend from the chief executive of the American anti-doping authority, Travis Tygart.
Alice Vincent Telegraph.co.uk