Chris O'Dowd to Chronicle Lance Armstrong's Fall for Stephen Frears
by Ethan Anderton
October 15, 2013
While J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures have been developing a film about Lance Armstrong, Warner Bros. and Jay Roach have been doing the same thing, with Bradley Cooper recently being linked to the project (after once being mentioned for the Abrams take on the story). But now it sounds like director Stephen Frears is beating them both to the punch. Ben Foster was revealed to play the cyclist this summer, and now the cast for the currently untitled film has added Chris O'Dowd, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons for the story based on David Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong.
It sounds like the story of Armstrong will be prominent, but O'Dowd will play an important part in the film as the journalist trying to expose the cyclist's doping history, while tracking his rise and eventual fall from grace and fame. John Hodge (Trance, Trainspotting) is adapting the book for Frears to direct. This will undoubtedly be the first film about Armstrong to get off the ground, because production begins this Friday. Unless this turns out to be a complete dud, I wouldn't expect those projects at Paramount and Warner Bros. to get fast tracked unless they really want to have yet another head-to-head box office battle. And don't forget, there's the documentary The Armstrong Lie coming soon as well. Thoughts?