First Look: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears’ Biopic
Pro-cyclist Lance Armstrong is one of (if not the) most controversial athlete in recent memory, spawning multiple biopics and documentaries in the wake of his scandal. Now, Studio Canal and Working Title’s biopic has released its first look of Ben Foster in the title role.
Stephen Frears (‘Philomena’) directs this still untitled film, which began production this past Friday and co-stars Chris O’Dowd as journalist David Walsh, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons. Though still without a title, it’s adapted from Walsh’s book, ‘Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong,’ and tracks how the journalist was initially infatuated with Armstrong’s athletic return from battling cancer before he worked to expose the hidden scandal.
For those living under a rock, Armstrong had denied using performance-enhancing drugs for years, including during talk-show guest appearances. It was only last year that the United States Anti-Doping Agency labeled him a chronic doper, before the athlete admitted to use during an interview with Oprah this past January. Since then, he’s been stripped him of his Tour de France titles, and required to return the Olympic bronze medal he was awarded during the 2000 Sydney Games.
In addition to Frears’ take on the Armstrong struggle, J.J. Abrams is producing a film adapted from the book ‘Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong,’ while Bradley Cooper has his eye on playing the title role in a film for Warner Bros. Not to mention ‘The Armstrong Lie’ documentary.