June has been a big month for Lance. Not only has he spawned a new little cyclist already, but his inspiring story has now given birth to a biopic that will reportedly star Matt Damon. No Joke, this movie could be a big freaking deal.
From the Risky Biz Blog:
“The movie’s development has faced more obstacles than a long-distance bike race. Columbia topper Matt Tolmach is a known cycling enthusiast who helped get the project into gear back in 2006. But the project has had to climb a number of hills, including casting-related questions. (Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly was interested and even spent time with Armstrong to research the role but did not wind up coming aboard.)
It was, however, Armstrong’s unlikely attempt to come out of retirement this year to try to win a record eighth title that helped kick-start the project. “We got inspired by his comeback, and we were able to (get going again),” Marshall said. Matt Damon is the latest actor to have been mentioned as a possible Armstrong, though there remains no official casting on the pic.”
The now father of 4 will be the subject of a screenplay written by none other than the Seabiscuit author himself, Gary Ross. This dude is obsessed with racing, it doesn’t matter what species the racers belong to.
Seems like a lot of excitement and hype for Lance, in the time leading up to the tour. Will he be ready for the Tour de France’s July 4th start and make it 8 Tour de France victories?