Ben Foster in Talks to Play Lance Armstrong

Ben Foster
See the resemblance? Ben Foster is reportedly in talks to play Lance Armstrong in a biopic directed by Stephen Frears. The movie is being written by John Hodge.

Foster stars in the upcoming Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Kill Your Darlings and Lone Survivor. He also recently replaced Shia LaBeouf in a Broadway production of Orphans after LaBeouf famously trashed the production.

In other Lance Armstrong news, a documentary about the fallen hero has just been picked up for distribution by Sony Pictures Classics. Documentarian Alex Gibney followed Armstrong since his 2009 return to the Tour de France, through a federal criminal investigation, an investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and his admission to taking performance-enhancing drugs.

What was intended to be the documentation of an historic comeback turned into a front row ticket to watch the complete collapse of a one-time legend. It will be called The Armstrong Lie. The documentary apparently includes interviews with Armstrong's former teammates, doctors, professionals and Armstrong himself.

"On this long-distance ride, full of unpredictable twists and turns, I learned a lot about one spectacular sport – cycling – as well as the ethic of winning at all costs that pervades most sports and society-at-large," Gibney said of making the documentary.

Gibney previously won an Academy Award for Taxi to the Dark Side. He also recently released We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. The Armstrong Lie is set to come out this year.

 

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  • lossofgravity
    lossofgravity

    Ben Foster is a remarkable actor, but to play Lance Armstrong he will have to bring himself to a level of narcissistic, self-centeredness that is uncommon except among psychopaths -- truly a challenge to his dramatic prowess.

 
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