First Trailer: Lance Armstrong Biopic THE PROGRAM

Lance Armstrong Biopic

Nearly two years after the first image debuted online (below), the first trailer has been released for Stephen Frears‘ (Philomena) next The Program, a new biopic on the downfall of Lance Armstrong.

Ben Foster takes the lead role as the disgraced sports icon and the seven time Tour de France winner. Based on a nonfiction book ‘Seven Deadly Sins’ by Irish journalist David Walsh, the script is written by John Hodge (Trainspotting) and co-stars Chris O’Dowd as Walsh, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace and Dustin Hoffman.

The Program opens October 8 in Germany. Though no U.S. release date has yet been set, I presume details will be coming soon. Meanwhile, the real-life Lance Armstrong is to return to the roads of France this summer, to cycle some of the Tour de France route, a day ahead of the race for a British cancer charity.  I wonder if this guy is making money out of this. However, you can watch the first trailer below.

It’s impressive how much Foster does Armstrong’s mannerisms.

The film charts the thrilling rise of pro-cyclist Lance Armstrong through the 90s and early 2000s, battling cancer, as he and his fellow American teammates dominate and change the quintessentially European sport of cycling. Winning the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times, Lance retires as one of the great sporting heroes of our time, and 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. A lone voice, it is several years before Lance is exposed.

Lance Armstrong Biopic