TIFF: Lance Armstrong Drama 'The Program' Goes to Momentum Pictures for North America

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'The Program'

Stephen Frears directs the StudioCanal film.

Enterainment One's Momentum Pictures has acquired North American rights to Lance Armstrong drama The Program.

Stephen Frears directs the StudioCanal film about disgraced cycling champion Armstrong’s doping scandal and downfall.

The feature film, which stars Ben Foster and Chris O’Dowd, will make its world premiere on Sept. 13 at the Toronto Film Festival. Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Plemons and Lee Pace also co-star in the film.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported that eOne was in talks to acquire the film on Sept. 4. Momentum Pictures, which focuses on distributing multiplatform film, television and special interest content, has slated it for release in winter 2016.

John Hodge adapted the script from David Walsh’s book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner produced the film alongside Tracey Seaward and Kate Solomon, while Olivier Courson, Ron Halpern, Amelia Granger and Liza Chasin executive produced.