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Ben Foster to play Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears' biopic

Jul. 26, 2013by: Alex Maidy

Stephen Frears and Working Title now look to be the closest to getting a movie version of Lance Armstrong's rise and fall from grace to the big screen with the casting of Ben Foster as the famed cyclist. Despite Jay Roach and J.J. Abrams working on adaptations of the disgraced Tour de France champion's life, it is DANGEROUS LIASIONS, HIGH FIDELITY, and DIRTY PRETTY THINGS director Frears who has momentum building for his take on the scandal.

Deadline says the Frears film is moving quickly and may shoot this fall if everything works out with Foster. The film will focus on Armstrong's triumphant return from testicular cancer through his record-breaking wins at the Tour through his eventual admission to cheating.

Foster is one hell of an actor and blew me away with his role in James Mangold's 3:10 TO YUMA. He has also been building buzz with parts in AIN'T THEM BODIES SAINTS and KILL YOUR DARLINGS, both successes on the festival circuit and sure to be remembered come awards season. Foster may also be an early favorite for a potential Oscar for playing Armstrong simply because the Academy loves fact-based stories. The two look somewhat alike, but I would trust Foster to make this part his own. I mean, he would be a better fit than Bradley Cooper, right?

Source: Deadline

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9:05PM on 07/26/2013
Hi, my name is Hollywood, and I'm going to turn every controversial news story into a film as quickly as I can so I can cash in on it.
Hi, my name is Hollywood, and I'm going to turn every controversial news story into a film as quickly as I can so I can cash in on it.
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7:41PM on 07/26/2013
Good casting. Surprisingly good casting.
Good casting. Surprisingly good casting.
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4:43PM on 07/26/2013
I could really care less about watching a Lance Armstrong biopic, but this casting instantly changed my tone. 3:10 to Yuma, Alpha Dog, even 30 Days of Night, Ben Foster has to be one of the best character actors out there, alongside Mark Strong and Giovanni Ribisi.
I could really care less about watching a Lance Armstrong biopic, but this casting instantly changed my tone. 3:10 to Yuma, Alpha Dog, even 30 Days of Night, Ben Foster has to be one of the best character actors out there, alongside Mark Strong and Giovanni Ribisi.
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4:38PM on 07/26/2013
Very cool, I love biopics and Ben Foster is one of my favorite current actors.
Very cool, I love biopics and Ben Foster is one of my favorite current actors.
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3:21PM on 07/26/2013
This is great casting. Hopefully this gets Foster more exposure and we can see him in more high profile films. The guy is a great actor.
This is great casting. Hopefully this gets Foster more exposure and we can see him in more high profile films. The guy is a great actor.
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3:49PM on 07/26/2013
Ben is one of my fave young actors out there! so this is great news to me.

He truly deserves one Oscar nomination soon. And should I add that Id love to see him back on the X-Men franchise? yes, Id love it. He could play a powerfull Archangel with the right material and screentime.
Ben is one of my fave young actors out there! so this is great news to me.

He truly deserves one Oscar nomination soon. And should I add that Id love to see him back on the X-Men franchise? yes, Id love it. He could play a powerfull Archangel with the right material and screentime.
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