First Trailer for THE PROGRAM Starring Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong

It's been a while since we've heard anything about the Lance Armstrong biopic starring Ben Foster as the famous cyclist, but today brings us the first trailer for Stephen Frears' new movie that we've learned (via the trailer) is now actually titled The Program. While I never followed Armstrong or his sport too closely one would have had to have been living under a rock to not know about the performance enhancing drug scandal that climaxed with Armstrong's appearance on Oprah Winfrey's show in January of 2013 where he admitted that the accusations against him were true. Frears' film documents the rise and fall of Armstrong focusing in large part on the doping scandal. The film is based on David Walsh's book, Seven Deadly Sins, with an adapted screenplay from John Hodge (The Beach, Trance) and will no doubt touch on the fact the cyclist won the Tour de France seven times and survived his battle with cancer, but not without the looming fact of the drug scandal hanging overhead further examining how things changed in the minds of those who adored and supported him once it was exposed he was in fact taking performance enhancing drugs. Along with Foster, The Program also stars Chris O'Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Lee Pace and Jesse Plemons. As of now there is no U.S. distributor, but the film will hit theaters on September 23 in France and in Germany on October 8. Here's hoping those of us stateside are granted the opportunity to see the film sooner rather than later.



Synopsis: From Academy Award nominated director Stephen Frears (THE QUEEN, PHILOMENA) and producers Working Title (THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING), comes the incredible true story about the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong. Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins“ by David Walsh.