TRAILER: Ben Foster Stars As Disgraced Cyclist Lance Armstrong in The Program
The Lance Armstrong biopic, The Program, released its first trailer on Thursday. The Stephen Frears-directed movie stars Ben Foster as the disgraced cyclist, and follows the athlete’s journey as he beats cancer, wins seven Tour de France competitions, and falls from grace in a highly-publicized drug scandal. Watch the trailer below.
In the trailer, Foster’s Armstrong character is seen riding a bike in a lab as a doctor puts a steroid into an IV that’s attached to him. During a press conference, the cyclist flat-out denies that he has ever used drugs to help him win competitions. “I’m the most tested athlete on the face of the planet,” says Foster to a room full of journalists. “I have never tested positive for performance enhancement drugs.”
At another point in the video, Chris O’Dowd, who plays sports journalist David Walsh, is seen expressing his concerns over whether the athlete is telling the truth. “He’s a man transformed. He’s recovered from cancer and turned into bloody Superman… He wins and wins and celebrates. He meets the President, he gets more sponsors, more money, more fame,” says O’Dowd, declaring, “The man is a cheat!”
The Program also stars Lee Pace, Jesse Plemons, Guillaume Canet, and Dustin Hoffman. Check out the trailer below, and tell us what you think.