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Ben Foster is Lance Armstrong in clip from The Program

The Queen director Stephen Frears considers a rather different public figure in his new film The Program, which details the rise and fall of cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Ben Foster (The Messenger) plays the disgraced seven-time Tour de France champion, while Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) portrays journalist David Walsh, who first interviewed Armstrong way back in 1993 and whose book Seven Deadly Sins inspired Frears’ film. Other cast members include Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet, and Dustin Hoffman.

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Lance Armstrong biopic The Program to close Austin Film Festival

The Austin Film Festival announced Tuesday that Lance Armstrong biopic The Program will be its closing night film. Directed by Stephen Frears, The Program covers Armstrong’s “meteoric rise and fall” (from world-renowned Tour de France champion and prominent cancer activist to disgraced doper) and stars Ben Foster as the famed athlete alongside Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, and Jesse Plemons. The choice is remarkable considering that Armstrong was born in Plano, Texas, and spent his early life and career there. 

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