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Foster gears up for Armstrong film

Ben Foster appears to have captured the look of Lance Armstrong, the disgraced cyclist he plays in Stephen Frears' new film.

The US actor is seen pedalling in a yellow jersey and shorts in the first image to be released from the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's as-yet-untitled movie.

Chris O'Dowd is to play journalist David Walsh, with Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons in key supporting roles.

Principal photography on the film, which is being produced by StudioCanal, began on October 18.

Trance's John Hodge has written the screenplay, which is based on David's book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong.

The film charts the thrilling rise of professional cyclist Lance through the 1990s and early 2000s, battling cancer, as he and his fellow American teammates dominate and change the quintessentially European sport of cycling.

After winning the Tour de France an unprecedented seven times, Lance retires as one of the great sporting heroes of our time, but sports writer David soon discovers his dark secret.

Ben, who last starred in Ain't Them Bodies Saints alongside Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara, will next portray author William S Burroughs in John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings with Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan.

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