In the trailer for The Program, the upcoming Lance Armstrong biopic, Ben Foster plays the disgraced cyclist with a straight-faced, menacing sleaziness.
However, this look at the film, which is directed by The Queen‘s Stephen Frears, also focuses on David Walsh, played by Chris O’Dowd, the journalist who suspects something is up with the Tour de France icon. The real-life Walsh wrote the book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, on which the movie is based. In the trailer, when Walsh is asked, “why are you obsessed with this?” he responds: “Why are you not obsessed with this?”
Clearly, Lance Armstrong is a subject with whom people — filmmakers especially — are obsessed. In addition to Frears’ movie, there have been reports regarding two other Armstrong films in the works, one involving J.J. Abrams and the other involving Bradley Cooper.
The Program also features Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman and Lee Pace.