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Cooper cycles to Armstrong role

Bradley Cooper could be getting into the saddle as he is in talks to portray Lance Armstrong in the upcoming biopic Red Blooded American.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who is also in discussions to produce the movie, is said to be considering one of the two major roles in the Warner Bros film, with the other being Tyler Hamilton, Lance's former teammate who revealed his doping, reported Deadline.

It follows rumours that the 38-year-old had been approached by filmmaker JJ Abrams to play Lance in another film about the disgraced seven-time Tour de France champion cyclist, which is based on Juliet Macur's book, Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong.

Red Blooded American, which has a script by Side Effects writer Scott Z Burns, is looking to start production soon.

It is the third film about Lance, with Stephen Frears pedalling hard on another adaptation with Ben Foster in the starring role. That drama has been written by Trainspotting's John Hodge.

Bradley, who was last seen in The Hangover Part III, will next be seen in David O Russell's American Hustle and Susanne Bier's Serena alongside his Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

He is also scheduled to star in Cameron Crowe's as-yet-untitled project that will start shooting in Hawaii in the autumn and will bring The Elephant Man to Broadway in 2014.

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