Dustin Hoffman Latest to Join Cast of Frears' Lance Armstrong Biopic
by Alex Billington
December 7, 2013
An interesting addition to the cast of Stephen Frears' currently untitled Lance Armstrong biopic, starring Ben Foster as the cyclist. The production has announced that Oscar-winning actor Dustin Hoffman, last seen in Little Fockers and Barney's Version, will appear in the film. "Hoffman will join when the production moves to the US for the final stages of the shoot." No word on exactly what role he's playing in the story, which has many players. In addition to Ben Foster, the cast includes Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons. They also announced that Lee Pace (of The Fall, A Single Man, The Hobbit) is in the cast, but don't specifiy his role yet. I like this cast and the first look photo caught my attention, we'll be following.
This big screen take on the Lance Armstrong story is being directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Tamara Drewe, Philomena) from a script written by John Hodge (Trainspotting, The Beach, Trance). The other Armstrong movies are in development at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot, and another at Warner Bros with Bradley Cooper circling. In this one, Ben Foster is Armstrong in the story of the disgraced Tour de France winner's battle with cancer. Chris O'Dowd co-stars as Irish sports journalist David Walsh, who was one of the first to question Armstrong's performance. The film doesn't have a title yet, being referred to as Stephen Frears' Cycling Project for the time being. We expect to see this at festivals in 2014but no other info is available yet.