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Ben Foster in talks to play Lance Armstrong

Ben Foster

Story by Jack Foley

BEN Foster is in talks to play Lance Armstrong in an as-yet untitled movie about the disgraced cyclist.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor – best known for supporting roles in films such as The Messenger, Contraband and Alpha Dog – is the front-runner to unite with director Stephen Freares on the project.

The film would tell the story of Armstrong’s battle with testicular cancer in the mid-90s right up until the unraveling of his image in the past several years due to the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

John Hodge, a frequent collaborator of Danny Boyle, has already penned the script, while Working Title films, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing.

The film is one of three projects on Armstrong that are currently in development, although with a director and script (and now possibly a leading man) in place, this one appears to be closest to shooting.

Foster’s forthcoming roles include indie drama Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck and Pete Berg’s Lone Survivor alongside Mark Wahlberg, Eric Bana and Taylor Kitsch.

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