The trailer is out for director Stephen Frears's Lance Armstrong biopic, The Program. The story is based on the book Seven Deadly Sins, by journalist David Walsh, and recounts his 13-year battle to expose Armstrong's cheating as the racer rose from cancer patient to an international phenomenon. The movie appears to begin with Armstrong's recovery and return to the pro peloton, following him through his seven consecutive Tour de France victories (with the dirty work behind them), and finally his very public downfall. Frears, who also directed High Fidelity and Philomena, tapped actor Ben Foster for Armstrong, with Chris O'Dowd playing Walsh.
The film comes after two documentaries on the racer's doping, Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie and Alex Holmes's Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story. In 2013, director Jay Roach (Austin Powers and Meet the Parents) was reportedly working with Bradley Cooper on a competing Armstrong movie, though there's been little news of the project since the initial announcement.
Despite the fallout from Armstrong's indictment by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, loss of Tour de France wins, and public admission of doping in an interview with Oprah, the cyclist hasn't stayed away from the press. Recently, while promoting a charity ride he's leading with English soccer pro Geoff Thomas called One Day Ahead, Armstrong told the The Telegraph he felt he was being treated like the Harry Potter villain Voldemort.
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