Stephen Frears is already shooting his planned (but currently untitled) biopic of Lance Armstrong, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t time to fit in some new cast members. TheWrap reports that Lee Pace has signed up for the film, although there’s no news on exactly who he will play.
John Hodge (Trance, Trainspotting) wrote the screenplay, which covers the cyclist’s career from his testicular cancer comeback to winning seven Tour De France championships, through to his eventual admission that he used performance enhancing drugs during his record-breaking run.
It’s not the only Armstrong movie in the works. The main rival project comes from Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions. That one has Bradley Cooper attached to star and is based on Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by New York Times sports journalist Juliet Macur. Warner Bros. is also developing a Lance Armstrong biopic, securing the life rights of Tyler Hamilton, one of Lance Armstrong’s teammates on the United States Postal Service cycling team, and one of the first to testify under oath that his teammate was doping. Jay Roach is attached to direct that movie from a script by Scott Z. Burns.