Ben Foster is Lance Armstrong in Biopic Directed by Stephen Frears
by Ethan Anderton
July 26, 2013
Bad Robot and Paramount Pictures have already closed a deal for the rights to a book proposal set up at Harper Collins about the rise and fall of the inspiring and now tainted athletic idol Lance Armstrong, and Warner Bros. is working with Game Change director Jay Roach to tell the story from the point of view of Armstrong's team, specifically Tyler Hamilton. Now another project about Armstrong is making moves quickly to get off the ground as Deadline reports Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen) will direct the film with Ben Foster (Rampart, Contraband) in final talks to play the fallen cycling icon. Read on!
The script comes from Trainspotting scribe John Hodge and follows Armstrong's career from his fight with cancer to the scandal that ruined his professional cycling career. This has been a big year in the indie world for Foster with two spectacular performances in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and Kill Your Darlings, both of which premiered and got picked up from Sundance earlier this year. It sounds like this could be the first Armstrong film to get off the ground with Working Title planning to begin production this fall, and we'll see if those other projects even try to compete.