Just about a year ago, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France wins after it was determined that he had used performance enhancing drugs to cheat his way to victory. A few months later, Armstrong came clean to Oprah Winfrey about his cheating and almost immediately, production of a biopic film about his life was set into motion. Today we get our first look at the first promo image from the as-yet untitled biopic film of Lance Armstrong‘s life as we get our first look at actor Ben Foster in character as Armstrong (you may recall that Bradley Cooper was reportedly cast for the role but that is for an entirely different Armstrong biopic film). Click below to check out this newly released photo and see how much Foster looks like Armstrong in this promo.
Signature yellow jersey, branded cap, and steely look of determination — here’s Ben Foster in full costume in this first look at the upcoming biopic about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Director Stephen Frears’ still untitled film began production at the end of last week. With a supporting cast including Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) as Irish sports journalist David Walsh, Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) as one of Armstrong’s fellow cyclists, and Guillaume Canet (Love Me If You Dare) as one of Armstrong’s rivals, the film will depict Armstrong’s rise and fall with a script penned by John Hodge of Trainspotting fame. Frears’ Armstrong flick isn’t the only one in the works. Director Jay Roach is attached to Red Blooded American starring Bradley Cooper, while J.J. Abrams is also planning a film about the cyclist. As if that’s not enough Armstrong, Alex Gibney’s documentary, The Armstrong Lie, will be getting limited release starting Nov. 8 and has already made the rounds at worldwide film festivals.
Personally, I don’t give a crap about Lance Armstrong‘s life. I don’t think that I’ll be bothering with any of the biopic films … but, that being said, I might be interested in seeing the documentary The Armstrong Lie. We’ve been subjected to far too much fiction with all of Lance‘s deceit so even a scathing fictionalization of his life story is completely uninteresting to me. Honestly, I’m just so grossed out by this man’s lies that I don’t know that I ever want to hear about it him ever again. Is he in jail yet? Will he be punished beyond being stripped of his winnings? Unless there is some sort of genuine punishment, I think my interest level in anything Armstrong is long gone. Even still, props to Ben Foster for looking so much like the man. I wish him well in his endeavor to become Armstrong for this film.
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