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Armstrong biopic is the first to begin production since the former Tour de France champion admitted doping

Lance Armstrong biopic: Ben Foster on the bike?

Lance Armstrong says Tour de France wins were 'impossible' without doping

The It Crowd's Chris O'Dowd has joined the cast of the as-yet-untitled film about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, to be directed by Stephen Frears. The film, which will begin shooting on Monday, is set to be the first Armstrong biopic (not counting documentaries) to make it into production since the former seven-time Tour de France winner was unmasked as a drug cheat.

Armstrong will be played by Ben Foster, who impressed as injured cop Patrick Wheeler in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and as William S Burroughs in beat drama Kill Your Darlings. O'Dowd is to take the role of Sunday Times reporter David Walsh, who doggedly pursued Armstrong despite repeated denials and legal threats. »

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