Lance Armstrong

Foster as Armstrong

Empire has been so kind as to give us the first look at Ben Foster as cycling legend and lying liar who lies, Lance Armstrong, in the still-untitled biopic directed by Stephen Frears. Personally, I like 2Fast 2Armstrong, but I don’t think I’ll be consulted about this decision. The film is one of several Armstrong projects in the works right now, not to be confused with Alex Gibney’s documentary The Armstrong Lie, or that one with Bradley Cooper. Filming only just began on October 18, but here Foster is already in his finest spandex, gunning it through a race as the crowd cheers him on. Pretty spot-on resemblance, no? Armstrong, of course, won the Tour de France seven consecutive times before being stripped of his titles for doping. It’s unclear which race this image depicts, but those smiling fans aren’t going to be too happy for much longer.

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Are you one of those people who walked around for years wearing one of those yellow bracelets after cyclist Lance Armstrong came back from cancer to win a jillion Tour de Frances, only to feel duped once the truth came out that he was a great big steroid monster the whole time and had been lying to everyone’s faces about it? Then probably you’re looking for an explanation from the smug jerk, and Alex Gibney’s new documentary, The Armstrong Lie, is at least giving off the impression that it has one. Gibney is the guy who brought us a handful of other newsworthy docs covering current events, like Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, and the story here seems to be that Gibney initially started following around Armstrong to do a doc about his big comeback to racing, but once all of the allegations about Armstrong doping came out and those allegations slowly turned into admissions, the focus of the documentary then had to change. After years of lying to his cameras, Armstrong eventually got cornered in another interview by Gibney and asked why he’s such a great big liar. Click through to check out the tease of said interview.

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It’s not a great time to be Lance Armstrong (now that he’s admitted to doping and been banned from competitive cycling), but it’ll probably get worse when all those “Lance Armstrong doping scandal” movies start coming out. Sony Pictures Classics have a documentary, The Armstrong Lie releasing soon. On the biopic front, Paramount and J.J. Abrams have teamed up for their own film, based off of Juliet Macur’s book, Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. and Jay Roach have their own film planned. Now the list grows to four Lance Armstrong films, this one coming from Working Title Pictures, with Stephen Frears (of High Fidelity and The Queen) slated to direct. Although it’s the newcomer to this ever-expanding group of potential Armstrong films, it may actually be the first to see release (outside of The Armstrong Lie, which is already in the can). Deadline reports that the film may begin shooting as early as this fall, and that Ben Foster, of this year’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Kill Your Darlings, is in final talks to star. John Hodge, writer of Trainspotting, has screenplay duties. Is it likely that all four movies will actually be released? Probably not. And with Frears’ film already raring to go, it looks like Abrams and Roach are the most likely casualties. That’s probably good news for filmgoers. And for Lance Armstrong.

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