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The wheels are in motion for a biopic about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong.

According to Deadline, Stephen Frears ("The Queen") will direct, with "The Messenger" star Ben Foster in talks for the lead role. The movie would trace Armstrong's rise -- including his battle with testicular cancer and seven Tour de France wins -- and his fall, when he was stripped of his triumphs in a doping scandal.

Armstrong biopics are all the rage, with three projects already in the works, though Working Title is ahead of the game with a director and potential star attached.

A Warner Bros. version, to be directed by Jay Roach ("Game Change"), includes the life rights of Armstrong's former cycling teammate Tyler Hamilton. Meanwhile, Paramount is teaming up with J.J. Abrams's Bad Robot for its own take, which Bradley Cooper is rumored to be circling.

Meanwhile, a documentary about the athlete from filmmaker Alex Gibney, called "The Armstrong Lie," was recently picked up by Sony Pictures Classics.

The acclaimed Foster can be seen next in "Kill Your Darlings," "Ain't Them Bodies Saints," and Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" -- all out later this year.

[via Deadline]
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