Lance Armstrong -- his movie alter ego, that is -- is wheeling his way on to the big screen. The first photo from Stephen Frears' upcoming biopic of the embattled cyclist has dropped.
Actor Ben Foster -- bald and clad in Armstrong's iconic yellow jersey, with his face conveying a sense of utter determination -- zips past fans as he's mid-race at the Tour de France. Frears' untitled film, scripted by Trainspotting writer John Hodge, is based on Irish sports journalist David Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.
The StudioCanal-backed biopic will chronicle Armstrong's battle against testicular cancer in the '90s to his meteoric rise after seven Tour de France victories-- and the massive doping scandal that ultimately led to his demise. Following an in-depth investigation helmed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and led in part by Walsh, Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles in 2012. He admitted to his transgressions in a high-profile sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey in Jan. 2013, expressing remorse to his supporters: "They got lied to," he said.
Chris O'Dowd of Bridesmaids and HBO's Girls will portray Walsh, Jesse Plemons of Breaking Bad steps in as another cyclist, while Guillaume Canet, a French actor and beau to Marion Cotillard, will play Armstrong's rival. The lead, Foster, who's currently dating Robin Wright, has starred in films like The Messenger, X-Men: The Last Stand, and held a memorable role in Six Feet Under.
This film isn't the only Lance Armstrong movie currently in the works. Bradley Cooper will start in the Jay Roach-directed flick titled, Red Blooded American. J.J. Abrams is also developing a film about the fallen cyclist.