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Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lance Armstrong: The Movie

It looks like a movie about Lance Armstrong and his amazing comeback from cancer is in the works.

The Hollywood Reporter's Risky Biz Blog reports Gary Ross, who wrote and directed multiple-Oscar nominee “Seabiscuit,” has been hired to pen the Armstrong script. Shooting could begin as early as next year.

The blog says the movie the pic is based on Armstrong’s first book, the 2000 tome he wrote with Sally Jenkins titled “It’s Not About the Bike,” which traces his story from his difficult Texas upbringing, his cancer diagnosis in 1996, his relationship to first wife Kristin, the birth of their child and his remarkable comeback from illness that saw him first win the Tour de France in 1999.

Matt Damon supposedly is under consideration to portray Armstrong, although no casting decisions have been made. The blog says the movie has hit several obstacles over the years, but were revived by Armstrong's comeback this year.

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