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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.