[Movies] Ben Foster Confirmed For Lance Armstrong Biopic
Posted by Joseph Lee on 10.16.2013
Along with Chris O'Dowd...
Deadline reports that Ben Foster will place Lance Armstrong in a biopic about Lance Armstrong. This comes after rumors in July of his casting. Stephen Frears will direct for Working Title. Studio Canal will fund the as-of-yet untitled film, which begins production on October 18. Chris O'Dowd will play journalist David Walsh. The rest of the cast includes Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad).
John Hodge (Trance) wrote the script based on Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong. It follows Armstrong's rise in the 1990s and early 2000s, his battle with cancer and his success in pro cycling. It also follows Walsh, who initially liked Armstrong but eventually became part of the exposure of doping in the sport, including from Armstrong himself.
Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce along with Tracey Seaword (longtime Frears collaborator, Philomena) and Kate Solomon (United 93, Green Zone). Working Title's Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will executive produce. Studiocanal will distribute in its own territories and look for international sales at the American Film Market.
Warner Bros, meanwhile, is also developing their own Armstrong film called Red Blooded American with director Jay Roach and Bradley Cooper.