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Studiocanal Boards Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong Pic Starring Ben Foster

Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Plemons join cast

Paris-based major Studiocanal is joining forces with Working Title to produce Stephen Frears’ untitled cycling project toplining Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong.

Studiocanal is set to fully-finance, distribute in its territories (France, U.K., Germany, Australia/New Zealand), and handle international sales, kicking off at next month’s AFM.

Foster (“Kill Your Darlings”) will star opposite Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”), who will play David Walsh (the Sunday Times journalist and chief sports writer), as well as Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One”) and Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad”) in key supporting roles.

Project marks the fourth link-up between Studiocanal and Working Title.  Two companies successfully worked together on Tomas Alfredson’s Oscar-nominated “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” Simon-Baker starrer “I Give It A Year” and “The Two Faces of January,” which stars Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen and is now in production.

Penned by John Hodge (“Trance”), based on Walsh’s book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong,” the film will chronicle the rise and fall of pro-cyclist Lance Armstrong through the 90s and early 2000s. When he retired after battling cancer and winning the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times, he was considered one of the great sporting heroes of our time, and was worth millions of dollars. But Armstrong’s downfall was propelled by a tenacious Irish sports writer David Walsh, who, after a two-year investigation, exposed Armstrong’s use of dope.

Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner at Working Title, Tracey Seaward (“Philomena”) and Kate Solomon (“United 93”) are producing. Working Title’s Liza Chasin and Amelia Granger will exec produce.

Stephen Frears has teamed with Working Title on four films: the Oscar-nommed “My Beautiful Laundrette,” “Sammy And Rosie Get Laid,” “Hi Lo Country” and “High Fidelity.”

The top-notched creative team includes production designer Alan Macdonald, director of photography Danny Cohen, costume designer Jane Petrie and editor Valario Bonelli.

Pic will start lensing on Oct. 18 and will take place in France and the U.K..

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