eOne has acquired the North American rights to Stephen Frears’ The Program before it premiers at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 13. Ben Foster steps into the role of Lance Armstrong in this drama about the road-racing cyclist who won the Tour de France seven years in a row.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that eOne has yet to confirm whether the film will hit U.S. theaters in time for awards season, but the distrib has nothing else on its upcoming slate, according to Box Office Mojo, so an Oscar-qualifying release may be in the cards.
Frankly, the distributor’s acquisition of The Program inspires little confidence. But underestimate Frears at your own risk, especially when he’s helming a biopic. Screenwriter John Hodge may return to the fold for the first time since his 1996 adapted-screenplay bid for Trainspotting. Additionally, Foster’s flirted with awards season with both 3:10 to Yuma (2007) and The Messenger (2009); could he finally break through?