The saga of Lance Armstrong came to a head on Thursday and Friday night when he admitted on OWN to TV’s reigning queen, Oprah that he was guilty of doping during a two-night interview. So it only makes since that there would be a movie in the works chronicling the rise and fall of the once iconic Armstrong.
According to Deadline.com, JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk of Bad Robot along with Paramount pictures have secured the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong. The film will be based on a proposed book by NY Times Sports Reporter, Julie Macur. Macur covered Armstrong’s career for the last ten years and will pen the book for Harper Collins. The book is set to be released in June.
Talks have not begun as to who will play Armstrong but this writer thinks that Jude Law would be an excellent choice. The savvy Brit need only drop his British accent to play the fallen cyclist. He already resembles Armstrong facially and they wouldn’t even have to adjust the hairline. Plus, he's an incredible actor and shines in every project he's taken on.
Another choice might be Avatar star, Sam Worthington. The Australian actor may not have the same build as Armstrong but he does play his roles with the same intensity that has made some including Oprah classify Armstrong as driven and a jerk.
Actor and friend of Armstrong, Jake Gyllenhaal, was already set to play him in a previous incarnation of the film based off of Armstrong’s book, It’s Not About The Bike, but Sony pulled out of the deal when Armstrong began his descent from grace. There has been no recent word from Gyllenhaal as to whether he’s in talks for the new biopic.
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