Ben Foster to Play Lance Armstrong in Upcoming Biopic

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Apparently, the only thing more fascinating than an icon is a fallen icon. Such is the case of former champion cyclist Lance Armstrong – once a near-universally celebrated sports figure, Armstrong currently elicits little but popular scorn and contempt.

Naturally, this fall from grace has attracted the attention of filmmakers eager to capitalize on its inherent drama. The latest Armstrong-related project also appears to be the furthest-along in pre-production – a full biopic directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen) and starring Ben Foster (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints).

Deadline has shared the scoop that Frears and Foster will collaborate on a currently unnamed biopic film about the rise and fall of Lance Armstrong. Working from a script by John Hodge (Trance), the movie will apparently focus on the period between Armstrong’s bout with testicular cancer and the doping scandal that stripped him of his championship titles.

Frears’ project has nothing to do with the J.J. Abrams-produced adaptation of Cycle of Lies, a book by sportswriter Juliet Macur that chronicles the ins and outs of the controversies that led to Armstrong’s fall from grace. Bradley Cooper (American Hustle) has been rumored to be attached star in to that particular project, but little has been heard about it in recent months.

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In addition to Cycle of Lies, Frears’ Armstrong film joins several other projects about the disgraced racer. This includes a documentary titled The Armstrong Lie and another unnamed biopic by director Jay Roach (Game Change). Will Frears beat all of these movies to the punch – and if so, will his version of the story be the definitive one?

Foster is certainly a strong choice to play Armstrong, both in physical appearance and in acting ability. Continually referred to as an actor just about to break into the A-list, Foster has consistently proved himself a sharp element in otherwise-mediocre (or downright terrible) films such as The Punisher, Pandorum, and The Mechanic. Even if this unnamed Armstrong movie has to jostle for position among others of the same subject, here’s to hoping that Ben Foster can use it as a springboard to better industry consideration.


Frears’ unnamed Armstrong biopic does not have a firm release date. Check back with Screen Rant as more details emerge.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I really don’t see the point in so many movies about Lance Armstrong.

    I didn’t find him particularly enthralling before the controversy and when news first broke about it, I shrugged and quickly forgot about it. It’s just not something that’s interesting enough to warrant a single movie being made, let alone several.

    I’m guessing that these will do tremendously as far as US audiences though.

  2. Ben is the man!! This dude is so talented and I dont understand why the industry dont put his actor on the level he should be. Hopefully this movie will change his career.

  3. Can Steve Cradock play Bradley Wiggins?

  4. Ben foster should be ant-man, the one who could cause alot of tension for iron man and the avengers.

  5. Correction: He’s not going to star in it, they’re going to use his ginormous forehead (it’s more like a fivehead, really) as a movie screen. XD

  6. I really don’t like the idea of a lance Armstrong biopic because i just don’t find it interesting.The Wright Brothers deserve a biopic more than him.

    • This is exactly my feeling too. Make biopics about people who deserve it.

      It’s almost like when Bradley Wiggins was knighted last year and the calls for Andy Murray to get the same this summer. There are people far more deserving but this celeb-obsessive culture makes us put people who trained to compete and win in sports on a higher pedestal than people like the Wrights or Marie Curie.

      • Couldn’t agree more!! Sounds more like a TV movie idea to me, let Shannon Tweed / Doherty be in it and you’ll have a TV hit!! Get the guy who played Prince William in that awful TV movie to play Armstrong, job done!

        With regard to Ben Foster, all he ever seems to do is an intense bearded scruff! Watched Rampart the other day and there he was again, tramping it up as a Vietnam vet in a wheelchair!

        He shouldn’t waste his time on this uneceassary crap!

  7. Ben Foster an up-and-coming actor? He’s been around forever!

  8. I love Ben Foster!!! That is all.

  9. Tho i wont be seeing this because i dont find the story or person interesting (much like this years film rush). I do think ben foster is a great choice

  10. Ben Foster is an awesome choice. However I do agree with those above…Lance doesn’t really deserve multiple movies if even one. It’s simply just not that interesting or important.

  11. Needs to be the new joker

  12. He’s been up & coming to long. 310 to Yuma came out 6 years ago! Alpha dog 7 years ago! I don’t know if he doesn’t get offered big roles or just turns them down? After watching Pandorum I’m pretty sure its its not the latter of the two.

    • Pandorum was a pretty thought provoking film.

  13. Awesome. Ben is a fantastic actor, and pretty underrated. He’ll be pretty intense in this role

  14. Get Over it came out 12 years ago. That is all.

  15. Perhaps one day the full story will be revealed.
    In all likelihood all the racing teams were doping.
    Lance was caught but I do not think he is alone.
    If so the races were fair since all were cheating.

  16. How much do you want to bet he’s a silent investor in all of these movies as well. Im betting he doesn’t have much problem making money off of his own shame.