BRADLEY Cooper is in talks to play Lance Armstrong.
The actor — who previously expressed his desire to portray the “fascinating” disgraced cyclist after he was stripped of his titles between 1999 and 2005 when it emerged he had taken performance-enhancing drugs — has formally approached J.J. Abrams about starring in his upcoming biopic about Lance’s rise and fall from grace.
J.J. confirmed that he is considering the 38-year-old star for the role after he reached out to him via email.
“[Cooper] sent me an email and we’ve been talking,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bradley is facing speculation about his sexuality.
The actor has been trying to outrun persistent rumors about his sexuality for years, despite having romanced A-list beauties including Jennifer Aniston, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Lopez and Zoe Saldana.
Rumors about Bradley’s sexuality started swirling when influential blogger Nikki Finke cracked that Bradley and American Idol host Ryan Seacrest needed to “redo their closets” – insinuating that it was time for them to come out as gay.
“The rumors about Bradley are swirling again,” a source told American tabloid the National Enquirer.
“He’s been able to laugh them off in the past, but this latest one comes right when he’s on the verge of becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest stars and is campaigning for an Oscar.
“Now the floodgates have opened, and people in Hollywood are once again wondering, ‘Is he or isn’t he?’ Bradley believes the cruel rumor could damage his leading man status.
“Bradley always seems to be on the hunt for his next girlfriend.
“I’m sure he’d like to get married and finally put the questions about his sexuality to rest.”
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