Rumor: Bradley Cooper to play Lance Armstrong in biopic

The actor is denying persistent rumors that he’s been tapped to portray the defamed cyclist

UNCONFIRMED: Actor Bradley Cooper has been cast to play cyclist Lance Armstrong in an upcoming film

Could actor Bradley Cooper’s next role be that of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong? So says the latest gossip, as reported by the Los Angeles Times, NBC and others, which report a stubborn rumor that the “Silver Linings Playbook” actor has been tapped for the project, which will be helmed by blockbuster director J.J. Abrams.

‘I’d be interested’

Rumors of the project first surfaced when Cooper told the BBC that he’d be “interested” in portraying Armstrong, after word leaked that Abrams and Paramount Pictures had secured movie rights for New York Times sports writer Juliet Macur's upcoming book “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.”

"I would be interested in (playing Armstrong)," Cooper said at the time.  "I think he's fascinating. What a fascinating character."

Video: Watch Cooper in a scene from ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

‘I don’t know anything’

Since expressing his interest, Cooper seems to have obtained an all-encompassing ignorance about anything to do with the project, vehemently denying a part in it, or in understanding what, exactly, he’d been asked by the BBC reporter.

“Oh my God, that’s so nuts!” Cooper tells the Los Angeles Times. “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.”

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