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Casting Watch: Dustin Hoffman Joins Stephen Frears’ Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic UPDATED

Casting Watch: Dustin Hoffman Joins Stephen Frears' Untitled Lance Armstrong Biopic UPDATED

UPDATE: Dustin Hoffman has joined the cast of the currently in-production untitled Lance Armstrong film being directed by Stephen Frears. This marks Hoffman’s second time working with Frears, his first on 1992’s “The Accidental Hero.”

No word on who Hoffman will play, but the film is now shooting on location in Europe, and Hoffman will come on board when the shoot moves to the US. 

Ben Foster stars as Armstrong, and Chris O’Dowd as sports journalist David Walsh.

EARLIER: A first image (below) has arrived of Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in the currently untitled cycling film being directed by Stephen Frears (“Philomena”). The film is based on journalist David Walsh’s book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong,” depicting the Sunday Times writer’s relentless quest for truth on the Armstrong doping rumors. It co-stars Chris O’Dowd as Walsh.

EARLIER: The rise and fall of Lance Armstrong is trending. With Alex
Gibney’s documentary “The Armstrong Lie” hitting theaters November 8, principal photography
is set to begin October 18 on Stephen Frears’ untitled “Cycling Project,”
starring Ben Foster (“Kill Your Darlings,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”) as the
infamous cyclist and former Tour de France titan.

The film is penned by John Hodge (“Trance”), based on the
book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong” by Sunday Times journalist
and sports writer David Walsh, who appears as a talking head in “The
Armstrong Lie” and offscreen grilling Armstrong about doping allegations during press conference footage.

Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”) is set to play Walsh, with
Guillaume Canet (“Tell No One”) and Jesse Plemons (“Breaking Bad”) in key
supporting roles.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The film charts the thrilling rise of pro-cyclist Lance
Armstrong through the 90s and early 2000s, battling cancer, as he and his
fellow American teammates dominate and change the quintessentially European
sport of cycling. Winning the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times,
Lance retires as one of the great sporting heroes of our time, and worth
millions of dollars. David Walsh, sports writer, is at first charmed by Lance’s
charisma and talent.  Seven Tours later,
and ostracised by the cycling community for speaking out, he believes the world
is being sold a lie. A lone voice, it is several years before Lance is exposed.

It will shoot on location in France and the UK. This marks
the fourth partnership between Studio Canal and Working Title Films, following
“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “I Give It a Year,” and Patricia Highsmith
adaptation “The Two Faces of January,” starring Kirsten Dunst, Viggo Mortensen and Oscar Isaac,
now in post production.

Oscar-nominated Frears currently has “Philomena,” starring
Judi Dench and Steven Coogan, in the awards season fray, slated for a November
22 stateside release.

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