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First Image From Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong Film
See Ben Foster in the untitled cycling project

22 October 2013  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: StudioCanal

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Filming only began on October 18, and it doesn't yet have a title, but Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong film - which we're going to go ahead and call Cycling Project for the moment, just as the studio does - has released a first image to show you what they're going for.

Unsurprisingly, they're focused on the man himself, with Ben Foster in costume and on his bike as Armstrong, the man who came back from cancer to win the Tour de France seven consecutive times, only to be stripped of those titles for his doping offences.

Chris O'Dowd plays Irish sports journalist David Walsh, who raised questions about Armstrong's performance long before the rest of the world began to follow suit. Jesse "Meth Damon" Plemons, of Friday Night Lights and Breaking Bad fame, and Guillaume Canet will also appear; if we were guessing (and we are), we'd speculate that Plemons will be one of Armstrong's US Postal Service teammates and Canet a French rival. But that's blatant national stereotyping as their roles remain to be confirmed.

John Hodge, best known for his work with Danny Boyle, wrote the screenplay, and shooting should continue for the next few months into the early spring.

If you need a fix of cycling scandal in the meantime, keep your eyes peeled for a documentary background to the affair in Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie, recently screened at the LFF and due out here on January 31.


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Foster's awesome.
Easily one of the best of his generation and he's been plugging away for years bringing intensity and passion to everything he does. He comes across extremely commited so it's great to see he's getting higher profile leading roles. More

Posted by Nicky C at 09:37 on 24 October 2013 | Report This Post

Good for him!
I've always really liked Ben Foster so I'm really pleased he has landed this major role. Just hope he is able to portray what an utter scum bag LA actually is! More

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Uncanny! More

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Bit too armstrong?
I know he's playing Armstrong, but blimey, aren't his arms a little too strong? The real-life bloke's arms are lanky and skinny. Now if they swapped his legs and arms in post.... More

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