Lance Armstrong movie planned by Paramount

Lance Armstrong
Lance Armstrong spoke to Oprah Winfrey last week

Paramount Pictures has confirmed it is planning a biopic about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The Hollywood studio, along with J.J. Abrams' production company, Bad Robot, have secured the rights to an upcoming book about the athlete.

Juliet Macur's Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong is due out in June.

The cyclist has now publicly admitted taking performance enhancing drugs during his career.

Until an interview with Oprah Winfrey in early January, Armstrong had repeatedly denied doping.

Lance Armstrong

In 2012, Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France titles after being labelled a "serial cheat" by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada).

The International Olympic Committee also stripped him of the Olympic bronze medal he won in 2000.

The book's author, Juliet Macur, is a reporter for the New York Times and covered Armstrong's wins for more than a decade.

There is currently no director, writer, star or start date for the film.

J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot company was behind films such as Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Super 8 and Star Trek.

J.J. Abrams
Abrams was behind Star Trek reboot, Mission Impossible films and TV series Lost

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