Whenever a shocking, horrific or inspiring event occurs in our history, it's only a matter of time before a movie is made about it. In the case of the controversy and life of cyclist Lance Armstrong, we're about to get a film, or four.
The newest project about Armstrong is coming from director Stephen Frears ("Dirty Pretty Things") with Ben Foster in negotiations to star. John Hodge has penned the script. Frears' film will chronicle both Armstrong's battle with cancer and more recently, the scandal revolving around his illegal drug usage, eventually leading to him being stripped of his seven-time Tour de France winning titles.
The other Armstrong projects mentioned include one over at Warner Bros. from director Jay Roach and one at Sony, which is currently titled "The Armstrong Lie". The other project comes from Paramount with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot adapting from Juliet Macur's book "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong". From the sound of it however, Frears might win the race to be the first to bring his film to fruition.
Foster is a very solid actor with range, and I have no doubt he'll bring the many layers needed to portray such a complex and fascinating person to life. He just needs to get in insanely fit cycling shape first.
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