Bradley Cooper in <i>Silver Lining Playbook</i>.

Bradley Cooper in Silver Lining Playbook.

Actor Bradley Cooper is in talks with director JJ Abrams to portray disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong on screen after reaching out to the filmmaker to express his interest in the role.

Armstrong has dominated headlines of late after admitting to talk show host Oprah Winfrey that he had relied on banned substances to help him win races.

Abrams secured the rights to turn the athlete's fall from grace into a new film, and Cooper recently admitted that given the chance, he would love to tackle the part.

Doping cheat Lance Armstrong could be portrayed by Bradley Cooper in upcoming biopic.

Doping cheat Lance Armstrong could be portrayed by Bradley Cooper in upcoming biopic. Photo: AFP

"I would be interested in that," he told the BBC. "I think he's fascinating. What a fascinating character."

Cooper has since contacted Abrams directly to discuss the biopic in more detail, and now the Star Trek director has confirmed the Oscar nominee is being considered for the lead role.

He told US news show Entertainment Tonight: "(Cooper) sent me an email and we've been talking."

Abrams and partners at his production company Bad Robot bought the rights to Juliet Macur's forthcoming book Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong earlier this month.

The cyclist, who spent years denying doping allegations, was stripped of his Tour De France titles by officials at the United States Anti-Doping Agency, and he was also ordered to return the bronze medal he won at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.

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