There a few sports stories like that surrounding Lance Armstrong, the formerly beloved and inspiration cycling champion, who soon become the poster boy for disgrace and duplicity. It’s rich dramatic material, and it’s no surprise the story has made it to film, but it’s a bit of a bummer there hasn’t been that much excitement about Stephen Frears‘ “The Program.”
The always reliable Ben Foster leads the adaptation of David Walsh‘s book “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong,” that tracks the downfall of Armstrong as the controversy about his alleged doping began to swirl. And there’s a solid supporting cast in place including Chris O’Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman, and Guillaume Canet taking roles. And while the picture didn’t quite work for our critic at TIFF, I’m nonetheless curious to check it out.
“The Program” debuts on DirecTV and opens in limited released and VOD on March 18th.