What can I say that already hasn’t been said about Lance Armstrong. So I’ll get straight to the point, his upcoming biopic looks good. Now before some of you begin to criticize me, know that I’m strictly talking about the movie.
Starring Ben Foster, who is a tragically underrated actor, as Lance Armstrong. The movie is based off David Walsh’s Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, which documents one journalist’s (Walsh) mission to expose the championed cyclist. Directed by Stephen Frears, who’s a two-time Oscar nominee for Best Director.
I absolutely love the pairing of Foster and Frears for this kind of story. What I’m hopeful for is the movie doesn’t try and have us sympathize for Armstrong towards the end of the movie. The trailer has given me no reason to believe so, but I’ve seen it happen with other figures in other movies.
Now before you write off this movie, because you may feel like you’re supporting Lance Armstrong in some way, know that’s not the case. This is a movie about exposing Armstrong for his cheating, and one journalist’s courage and determination to follow through on such a difficult and dangerous investigation. Its a story worth seeing unfold.
Check out the trailer above, along with some newly released posters below highlighting the main players in this story (IGN).
The Program also has a strong supporting cast in Lee Pace and Dustin Hoffman. The biopic currently has only a U.K. release in theaters on October 16, 2016.
We’ll keep you updated…
The Legend: One of the most famous names on the planet, Lance Armstrong won an unprecedented seven victories in the most gruelling individual sport in the world, the Tour De France. His subsequent conviction for doping was one of the most shocking and controversial moments in modern history. But why did he lie to the world? How did he get away with it for so long? Lance Armstrong: cancer-surviving founder of LiveStrong, or a disgraced cyclist and cheat? A hero or a villain?
The Source: A winner of the Tour De France in 2006, Floyd Landis was a former team-mate of Lance Armstrong, giving him unique access to and knowledge about the legendary icon. Their relationship and activities while team-mates became central to a complex story, leading to Landis playing a crucial part in the unravelling of Armstrong’s empire, and in what became a victory for truth.
The Science: Central to the success and power of Lance Armstrong was Dr Michele Ferrari. Ferrari’s name is synonymous with the controversial drug EPO, and his work into how it affects the human body changed cycling forever. Alongside Armstrong, Ferrari created one of the most sophisticated and successful doping programs in the history of sport, resulting in Armstrong winning seven Tour De France titles undetected.
The Truth: The untold story of one man’s thirteen-year crusade to find the truth behind one of the greatest cons in history. A journalist with The Sunday Times and author of the book the film was based on ‘Seven Deadly Sins’, David Walsh undertook what has become one of the great pieces of investigative journalism by uncovering the truth about Lance Armstrong. Feted as a hero and adored by millions of people, how did Walsh bring down one of the most powerful icons in the world?