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O’Dowd To Star In Lance Armstrong Biopic

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StudioCanal is set to team up once again with Working Title, this time to finance and handle international sales on Stephen FrearsLance Armstrong biopic, which it will launch at AFM. The Paris-based studio will also handle distribution in France, U.K., Germany and Australia.

Based on the book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by Irish sports journalist David Walsh, the film is set to star Roscommon native Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) as Walsh and Ben Foster (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) as the disgraced seven-time Tour de France champion. Breaking Bad’s Jesse Plemons and Cesar-winning actor/director Guillaume Canet are on board for supporting roles. Shooting will start October 18 in France and the U.K.

Walsh’s long history of investigating Armstrong brought increasing scrutiny on the undefeated cycler, starting with a newspaper expose 2001 and three books – including Seven Deadly Sins – chronicling the charges against Armstrong that eventually brought down his career.

This is the latest team effort for StudioCanal and Working Title. The companies have worked together on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, I Give it a Year and The Two Faces of January, starring Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen, set for a December 13 release date in the U.S. and January roll out in France.

Image courtesy of irishcentral.com

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