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'Icon' - Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong movie has a title

Movie based on David Walsh's pursuit of drugs cheat due for August 2015 release...

Icon has been revealed as the name of the Stephen Frears-directed movie about David Walsh’s pursuit of Lance Armstrong, which is due to hit cinema screens this autumn.

Starring Chris O’Dowd as Walsh and Ben Foster as Armstrong, the movie centres on the Irish journalist’s mission to expose the cyclist who would win seven successive editions of the Tour de France as a drugs cheat.

Another actor involved on the project, albeit with a minor role, is Dustin Hoffmann, much to Sunday Times sports writer Walsh’s delight.

As he pointed out to Roy Greenslade in an interview last year, Hoffmann’s past roles include playing Carl Bernstein in All The President’s Men which focused on the Washington Post journalist’s breaking of the Watergate scandal with colleague Bob Woodward.

Icon is based on Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong, the movie has been filmed in locations including France and London.

It’s one of three Armstrong-related biopics in development. Warner Brothers is working on Red-Blooded American based on the story of his former US Postal team mate Tyler Hamilton, who exposed the team’s culture of doping in the 2012 book, The Secret Race.

The Bad Robot Production company of JJ Abrams, meanwhile, has been working on a film based on New York Times sportswriter Juliet Macur’s book Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong.

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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