New ‘The Program’ Trailer: Ben Foster is Controversial Cyclist Lance Armstrong

A new U.K. trailer has been released for The Program, giving us a better look at the upcoming drama that sees Ben Foster play controversial cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Based on the book by journalist David Walsh, played by Chris O’Dowd, The Program tells the story of his hunt for evidence after he became convinced Armstrong’s series of wins were being fueled by banned substances.

It’s certainly a fascinating story, and one that is still fresh in the mind of many. Armstrong was considered to be a hero, a man that had overcome cancer and managed to win the Tour de France a total of seven times. His downfall was huge, uncovered as a drug-using cheat in front of the entire world.

There’s a lot of talent at work here. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Frears (High Fidelity, The Queen, Philomena) works from a screenplay by John Hodge (Trainspotting), and Foster looks to be putting in one of his strongest turns.

Interestingly, Foster revealed to The Guardian that he used the same drugs Armstrong took in order to tackle the part and that he has “only just recovered physically” from the chemicals.

The Program, also starring Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, and Dustin Hoffman, will be released in the U.K. on October 16 and Australia on November 19.

Synopsis for The Program:

From Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong.

Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), this tense and suspenseful thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered while Armstrong convinced the world he was a hero, winning the Tour de France seven times.

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