Michael Fassbender and Jake Gyllenhaal in the running to play Lance Armstrong
Last Saturday we reported the news that there would be a Lance Armstrong biopic coming our way, with Lost creator JJ Abrams at the helm. We then asked you which actor you thought would best portray the cyclist's fall from grace. With tongues already wagging in Hollywood, there's since been a bunch of names thrown into the mix and we couldn't agree more with the following two suggestions; Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender. Both have the chops to pull it off, both have the looks and athletic physique too. It's the folk at Ladbrokes who bring us this news, announcing a 3/1 odds for each actor.
When asked by the BBC about the possibility of bringing Armstrong's story to the big screen, Cooper (whose currently enjoying the lead up to the Oscars on the back of his performance in Silver Linings Playbook) expressed his interest by saying: "I think he's fascinating. What a fascinating character. I remember Matt Damon was going to do his autobiography at one point years ago. I remember thinking, that would be a great character, I'd love to play that character. I would love to do something, I think he's pretty fascinating."
It's certainly a fascinating role, now that the truth about his doping and other mishaps (and generally the fact that he's... well... a bit of an arsehole) have come to the fore. Suddenly, the role becomes more complex; he's no longer a hero, not even a nice guy. Lance had always hoped his life would make the transition to the big screen, but that was before the truth prevailed. Shit when that happens, eh Lance?
Meanwhile the Huffington Post have suggested names such as the aforementioned Matt Damon (he might want to shed a few pounds first), Christian Bale (yes, that could work), Jake Gyllenhaal (perhaps, he's got versatility on his side) and Matthew McConaughey (well, they're both from Texas) for consideration.
Whoever does get the final offer to straddle a bike, one thing's for sure, this will have been one of the most hotly contested roles in ages (we're excluding Fifty Shades of Grey here which at this stage we've had about enough of!).
At this point, it's over to you. Vote in our poll below and we shall decide the most suitable candidate. 'Cause y'know, we've got influence in Hollywood; we can make this happen.
Who should play Lance Armstrong?
Story by Caroline Foran | 15:37 | Tuesday 22nd January 2013 | Movie News
Aaron Eckhart would also be dzzzeadly.Posted 15:49 | Tue 22nd Jan 2013
Can I say Daniel Day Lewis? He'd take up cycling and start doing loads of drugs. It would be some sight when you're out for a drive in Wicklow to see him on a mad one cycling around in his spandex.Posted 15:56 | Tue 22nd Jan 2013
Will Sheryl Crow be on the soundtrack? - "If it makes you happy, it can't be that bad", eh Lance?Posted 13:30 | Wed 23rd Jan 2013
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