First Look: Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' Biopic
The fastest man on two wheels. The biggest liar of our time. The greatest downfall in sports history. He is many things, and his story will be scrutinized and discussed for many years to come. In addition to the documentary about cyclist Lance Armstrong being released this year, titled The Armstrong Lie from Alex Gibney, a couple of different competing feature films telling his story are in the works. One of them, directed by Stephen Frears, just started shooting a few days ago with Ben Foster starring and our first look has already arrived. I can hardly tell that is Foster beneath the jersey and cap, but apparently it is. Take a look.
Here's the first look photo from Stephen Frears' still untitled Lance Armstrong biopic, originally via Empire:
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 cast incldues Jesse Plemons and Guillaume Canet, but the film still doesn't have a title. We expect to see this at festivals next year, until then we'll be on the lookout for more.