Momentum Pictures has acquired North American rights to “The Program,” a biopic about Lance Armstrong, the cycling champion whose legacy was tarnished by a doping scandal.
The film debuts Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival and stars Ben Foster as Armstrong. Directed by Stephen Frears (“The Queen”) the film charts Armstrong’s rise to become one of professional sports’ most admired stars, a man who successfully battled cancer to come back to win the Tour de France a record number of times. It also chronicles his subsequent fall from grace, after Armstrong’s admission he relied on human growth hormone derailed his career.
Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Plemons and Lee Pace co-star in the film, which is slated for release in winter 2016. John Hodge (“Trainspotting”) adapted the script from David Walsh’s book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong.” Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced the film alongside Tracey Seaward and Kate Solomon, while Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern, Amelia Granger and Liza Chasin executive produced. Studiocanal put the picture together.
Aska Yamaguchi of Studiocanal brokered the deal for Studiocanal, while Larry Greenberg and Katharyn Howe represented Momentum Pictures.