UPDATE: Ben Foster To Play Lance Armstrong In John Hodge-Scripted Film For Stephen Frears

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: Stephen Frears‘ Lance Armstrong movie is further along than I thought. I’m told that Ben Foster is already in final talks to play Armstrong in the film, which was scripted by Trainspotting’s John Hodge and covers Armstrong’s career from his cancer ordeal to the scandal that brought him down. Always a good actor, Foster has a lot of momentum coming into what could be a careermaking role. He will next be seen in two films that premiered at Sundance, IFC’s Ain’t Them Body Saints and Sony Pictures Classics’ Kill Your Darlings. Foster, who last spring made his Broadway debut opposite Alec Baldwin in Orphans, stars opposite Mark Wahlberg in the Peter Berg-directed Navy SEAL saga Lone Survivor, which Universal releases December 27. The hope is to begin production on the Armstrong film this fall. He is repped by WME, Hodge by United Agents. Still no official comment from reps or Working Title.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, 10:19 AM: Director Stephen Frears, in Hollywood promoting his HBO film Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight at TCA, is moving fast on another fact-based movie based on an iconic athlete. I’m told that Frears and Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner have teamed up on a feature film on the doping scandal that enveloped the Tour de France and led to the downfall of 7-time champion Lance Armstrong in the biggest doping scandal in the history of sports. I’m still trying to get all the details, but they are eyeing a start as soon as this fall on the movie. That makes Frears a surprise entry in a crowded field, and that doesn’t even factor in a Sony Pictures Classics deal this week to release the documentary The Armstrong Lie. Read More »

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New 21st Century Fox Brand Hitches A Ride In Upcoming Tour De France

By | Wednesday June 26, 2013 @ 4:04pm PDT

News Corp‘s soon-to-be-separated media and entertainment assets, to be known as 21st Century Fox, is adding its logo to Team Sky, the conglom’s BSkyB-sponsored pro cycling team — and just in time for the 100th … Read More »

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Paramount, JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot Target Lance Armstrong Cheat Scandal For Pic

By | Friday January 18, 2013 @ 11:02am PST
Mike Fleming

Lance Armstrong Movie JJ AbramsEXCLUSIVE: Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk are going to make a movie about the epic rise and fall of doping bicyclist Lance Armstrong. They’ve just closed a … Read More »

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And Marvel Didn’t Even Have To Pay Him…

By | Saturday July 7, 2012 @ 2:03am PDT

The Tour De France has a new sprinting star: 22-year-old Slovakian Peter Sagan. He’s won 3 of the 6 stages so far in the first week of racing. More than that, his Hollywood victory salutes are winning him worldwide fans. He has cycled across the finish line pumping his arms in the … Read More »

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NBC Sports Group Extends Rights Deal For Tour De France

By | Tuesday June 26, 2012 @ 11:13am PDT

The new multiplatform agreement goes into effect next year and gives NBC Sports Group the U.S. television, digital and mobile rights to the famed bike race through 2023. The tour was the marquee event on Comcast‘s Versus channel, … Read More »

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