The first image has been released of Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in the untitled CYCLING PROJECT, directed by Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (PHILOMENA, THE QUEEN).
Principal photography began on the film on October 18. It is being produced by STUDIOCANAL, who will fully finance, distribute in its territories, and handle international sales, which will start in the AFM, and UK production powerhouse Working Title Films.
Ben Foster (KILL YOUR DARLINGS, AIN’T THEM BODIES SAINTS) leads the cast in his role as Lance Armstrong. Chris O’Dowd (BRIDESMAIDS) plays journalist David Walsh, with Guillaume Canet (TELL NO ONE) and Jesse Plemons (TV’s BREAKING BAD) in key supporting roles.
The film charts the thrilling rise of pro-cyclist Lance Armstrong through the ’90s and early 2000s, battling cancer, as he and his fellow American teammates dominate and change the quintessentially European sport of cycling. Winning the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times, Lance retires as one of the great sporting heroes of our time, and worth millions of dollars. David Walsh, sports writer, is at first charmed by Lance’s charisma and talent. Seven Tours later, and ostracised by the cycling community for speaking out, he believes the world is being sold a lie. A lone voice, it is several years before Lance is exposed.