Ben Foster

With seemingly half of Hollywood racing to bring a Lance Armstrong biopic to the big screen, the first one to reach the starting line is Stephen Frears. His untitled picture began shooting a few days ago, with Ben Foster in the lead role of the disgraced cyclist. A first-look image has just hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Lance Armstrong

Up until a few years ago, Lance Armstrong‘s cycling career sounded like one of the great inspirational tales of our time. That he beat cancer was impressive enough; that he then went on to win the Tour de France a bunch of times was nothing short of incredible. Among the many people intrigued by Armstrong’s journey was filmmaker Alex Gibney, who set out to make a documentary about Armstrong’s return to the Tour de France.

Then, of course, Armstrong’s tale morphed into one of the great scandals of modern sports. He admitted to doping, was stripped of his titles, and was left in disgrace. And Gibney was there for all of it, as his documentary turned into a very, very different film. Now the first trailer for The Armstrong Lie has arrived, and you can check it out after the jump.

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Bradley Cooper

The intensified scandal over the doping actions of Lance Armstrong have irrevocably tainted his participation in cycling. As you might expect, however, the controversy has only increased the speed at which various producers are trying to put together a film based on his story.

One of a few projects in the works about the cancer survivor and disgraced champ is Red Blooded American, housed at Warner Bros. Atlas Entertainment is producing, and Jay Roach is directing, and the development is based on a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion). Now Bradley Cooper has come on as a producer. He may also star in the film. Read More »

Lance Armstrong

The doping scandal lost Lance Armstrong a lot of fans, but it’s won him a lot of attention from Hollywood. Warner Bros. and Paramount already have their own projects about the disgraced cyclist in development. Now Working Title has set Stephen Frears to direct yet another one with Ben Foster in the lead. Hit the jump for all the details.

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The story of Lance Armstrong‘s precipitous fall from grace seems tailor made for the movies, and indeed it’s about to get two of them. Back in January, Paramount teamed up with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot to adapt Cycle of Lies, a biography by Juliet Marcur. Now Warner Bros. is prepping its own version of the tale, with Emmy-winning Game Change director Jay Roach directing and Side Effects writer Scott Z. Burns scripting. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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That a Lance Armstrong movie in the works is no surprise. The question is how exactly it’ll come together. Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot announced their acquisition of Juliet Marcur‘s upcoming biography Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong earlier this month, and while there’s still no director or writer attached, there may soon be a star on board.

The catch is that the actor in question, Bradley Cooper, claims to know nothing about it — even though he’s already acknowledged his interest in playing the role. Confused? So are we. Read more after the jump.

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Before the doping scandal, Lance Armstrong‘s career seemed like one of the most inspiring stories in all of sports history. Now that he’s finally confessed to his cheating after years of denial, his biography still makes for a pretty great tale — it just isn’t an especially uplifting one.

Paramount and J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot have noticed the dramatic potential in this new version of events, and are eagerly preparing to bring it to the big screen. The companies have just closed a deal for the screen rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, an upcoming biography by Juliet Marcur. More details after the jump.

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Gary Ross Writing Lance Armstrong Biopic

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According to the Risky Business blog, producer Frank Marhsall has teamed screenwriter Gary Ross with the long-gestating Lance Armstrong biopic. “We knew Gary well from is work on Seabiscuit and thought he’d be perfect for this”, said Marshall. Yeah, you know – a man and a horse and a man and a bike. I’m pretty chuffed with this news because, as I’m sure I would have told you before, I’m a big fan of Ross. Can’t say I know too much about sporty cycling, though.

The film is to be based upon a 2000 biography, It’s Not About the Bike which Armstrong and his co-writer Sally Jenkins jammed full of his life’s many interesting stories. Both Matt Damon and Jake Gyllenhaal have reportedly been attached as stars for the lead role, though there’s no current casting announced. Rather curiously, though, it seems that some filming for the film took place rather a long time ago…

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