Ben Foster is in final negotiations to portray seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong in an untitled biopic to be directed by Stephen Frears.

John Hodge (Trance, Trainspotting) wrote the screenplay which covers the cyclist's career from his testicular cancer comeback to winning seven Tour De France championships to his eventual admission that he used performance enhancing drugs during his record-breaking run.

Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are producing, and fast-tracking the project that could start production as early as this fall, which could put it in contention to beat two other Lance Armstrong biopics out of the starting gate.

Back in January, we reported that Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions are working on an Untitled Lance Armstrong Project, based on a book proposal entitled Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by New York Times sports journalist Juliet Macur, who had covered the cyclist for more than a decade.

Then, in March, we reported that Warner Bros. is developing their own Lance Armstrong biopic, securing the life rights of Tyler Hamilton, one of Lance Armstrong's teammates on the United States Postal Service cycling team, and one of the first to testify under oath that his teammate was doping. Jay Roach is attached to direct from a script by Scott Z. Burns. There is also the Alex Gibney documentary The Armstrong Lie, which we reported two days ago was acquired by Sony Pictures Classics.