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Ben Foster to play Lance Armstrong in film

Ben Foster at the Sundance Film Festival premiere

Ben Foster at the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "Kill Your Darlings" in Park City, Utah. (Jan. 18, 2013) Credit: AP

Ben Foster will play disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in an as-yet-untitled film for director Stephen Frears.

Foster, 32, will be joined by Chris O'Dowd as Irish sportswriter David Walsh, reported Tuesday. Jesse Plemons, who played the boyish sociopath Todd on "Breaking Bad," will have a supporting role.

The film, scheduled to begin production Friday, is based on Walsh's 2013 book "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong," about the seven-time Tour de France winner's spectacular rise in the 1990s and 2000s, his successful recovery from cancer and his ultimate downfall in a doping scandal.

Foster's films include "X-Men: The Last Stand," "3:10 to Yuma," "The Messenger" and the recent "Ain't Them Bodies Saints." He made his Broadway debut in the spring opposite Alec Baldwin in the short-lived "Orphans."

Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams' production company are working on a competing film based on the book "Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong" by sportswriter Juliet Macur.

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