Ben Foster Favored To Play Lance Armstrong In Biopic
Ben Foster is in talks to take on the role of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in an upcoming biopic by Working Title Films production company.
The yet-to-be-titled film, directed by Stephen Frears, would follow Armstrong from his days battling testicular cancer and up through the years of battling those (correctly) accusing him of using PEDs (performance enhancing drugs), according to The Hollywood Reporter. Frears film would wind to a close with the disintegration of Armstrong's from public image – from inspiration to athletic pariah.
John Hodge penned the screenplay of the Armstrong biopic, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing it. Though Working Title’s Armstrong project is believed to be the furthest along, Paramount and Warner Bros. are also rumored to have ones in development.
Foster is best known for his strong supporting roles in The Mechanic, 3:10 to Yuma and Pandorum, and his starring role in 2009’s The Messenger. He recently acted alongside Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara in Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize. It is scheduled to hit theaters Aug. 16.
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