Stephen Frears‘ untitled Lance Armstrong film is currently shooting on location in Europe with Dustin Hoffman set to come along for the ride once production moves to the U.S. for the final stages. Lee Pace (The Hobbit trilogy) has also boarded the movie. Hoffman and Pace are joining Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons in the film about disgraced Tour de France champion Armstrong. Foster plays the cyclist with O’Dowd as journalist David Walsh. Trance‘s John Hodge wrote the screenplay based on sportswriter Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong. The film charts Armstrong’s rise through the 1990s and early 2000s, his battle with cancer and his dominance of pro cycling. It also follows Walsh who was at first charmed by Armstrong, but ultimately became an integral figure in exposing the doping rife within the sport. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing as are Kate Solomon and longtime Frears collaborator Tracey Seaward — who most recently worked with the director on Philomena. Studiocanal is fully financing and will distribute in its own territories.
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Armstrong is a hot topic these days. Alex Gibney’s documentary The Armstrong Lie was just shortlisted for an Oscar and two other projects are also in the works. On Monday, Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr reported that Paramount and Bad Robot are setting D.V. DeVincentis to write the script for a movie centering around the book Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur. Paramount was actually the first studio to declare it would make an Armstrong project, but since then, the Frears film started rolling. At the same time, Warner Bros, Atlas Entertainment and director Jay Roach are pedaling hard on Red Blooded American, which Deadline reported got a boost in August when Bradley Cooper entered talks to come aboard as a producer, with the intention to play one of the two major roles in the film. It focuses on Armstrong and Tyler Hamilton, the racer’s former teammate who came forward and told in a 60 Minutes segment what he saw Armstrong doing.