Lance Armstrong may not ever be seen back at the Tour de France, but in movie theaters? That may be on the horizon.
Last week, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, announced plans to adapt New York Times reporter Juliet Macur’s upcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, due out in June [EW’s request for comment from Paramount was not returned]. It’s no surprise Hollywood has made a move — the story is captivating, and full of the kind of highs and lows that filmgoers love. Which just leads to the inevitable question: Who will portray the disgraced cyclist?
Bradley Cooper told BBC News yesterday that he “would be interested in [playing Armstrong]. I think he’s fascinating. What a fascinating character.” Cooper would be a great choice – post Silver Linings Playbook, it’s clear the professionally trained actor enjoys serious fare, and a prime part like Armstrong in a good adaptation could be great Oscar bait. Beyond Cooper, here are some other choices of men we’d love to see tackle the role.
-Matt Damon: At one point, Damon’s name was floated to star as Armstrong when a movie version of Armstrong’s autobiography was in the works as Sony. That project has been dead for a while, but Damon could still get in on the action, albeit now the role isn’t quite as sympathetic.
-Michael Fassbender: Fassbender is ready for a great leading man role after his buzzy work in Shame in 2011 and last summer’s Prometheus. The actor looks the part, and it would be a great chance for him to flex his muscles — both acting-wise and physically.
-Matthew McConaughey: The two have a strong physical resemblance, and this could be just the kind of part McConaughey is looking for amid the current career resurgence he’s had away from romantic comedy leading man. Unfortunately, as McCounaughey has a friendly relationship with Armstrong, it’s unlikely he would agree to the unflattering portrayal that the story now demands,
-Christian Bale: The Oscar winner has a history of playing internally tortured characters. The chance to portray a man wrestling with lying to the public for 14 years could definitely intrigue Bale.
Who would you like to see get on the bike?