Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd to star in film about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong

Foster will play Armstrong opposite O'Dowd as the Irish sports journalist who pursued him

Ben Foster and Chris O’Dowd are to star in a forthcoming film about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

The film, currently untitled, is based on Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit Of Lance Armstrong, a book by Irish sports journalist David Walsh. Foster (30 Days Of Night, X-Men: The Last Stand) will play Armstrong opposite O’Dowd as Walsh, a writer for The Sunday Times who played a key role in exposing professional cycling’s doping problem.

Joining them in supporting roles are acclaimed French actor Guillaume Canet and Jesse Plemons, best known as in Todd Alquist in Breaking Bad.

The Queen‘s Stephen Frears is directing from a script adapted from Walsh’s book by Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge. Shooting is due to start this Friday (October 18), Deadline reports.

Meanwhile, a rival movie about Armstrong is in the works and could star Bradley Cooper. This film about the dishonoured Tour De France champion is called Red Blooded American and has a script by Scott Z Burns (Side Effects) and Jay Roach (Game Change) on board as director.