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

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by Beth Hanna
December 6, 2013 11:10 AM
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Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images Dustin Hoffman

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

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.

Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong

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