Magazine article Screen International

Frears Readies 'Lance Armstrong'

Magazine article Screen International

Frears Readies 'Lance Armstrong'

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StudioCanal and Working Title Films reunite for the untitled 'Cycling Project' directed by Stephen Frears.

Principal photography on Stephen Frears' untitled Cycling Project, which will chart the rise of former pro-cyclist Lance Armstrong, is to begin on Friday [Oct 18] and will shoot on location in France in the UK.

It will mark the fourth partnership between StudioCanal and Working Title Films after Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I Give It A Year and The Two Faces Of January, of which the latter - a thriller from Hossein Amini starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac - is currently in post production.

StudioCanal will fully finance, distribute in its territories, and handle international sales, which will start in AFM.

The cast is led by Ben Foster (Kill Your Darlings, Ain't Them Bodies Saints) as Lance Armstrong, and Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) as journalist David Walsh, with Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad) in key supporting roles.

The film charts the rise of pro-cyclist Armstrong through the 1990s and early 2000s, battling cancer, as he and his fellow US teammates dominate and change the quintessentially European sport of cycling.

Winning the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times, Lance retires as a sporting hero worth millions of dollars. David Walsh, sports writer, is at first charmed by Lance's charisma and talent. Seven Tours later, and ostracised by the cycling community for speaking out, he believes the world is being sold a lie. …

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