DIRECTV has landed another exclusive premiere with a film about one of America’s most controversial and star-crossed athletes.
The Program, a biographical account of cyclist Lance Armstrong, will premiere in February on DIRECTV CINEMA®.1 The film will be available only through DIRECTV CINEMA® for 30 days prior to its March 18 theatrical release and VOD debut.
Ben Foster (The Finest Hours, X-Men: The Last Stand) stars as Armstrong, the seven-time Tour de France winner and cancer survivor undone by a doping scandal. The cast also includes Chris O’Dowd and Dustin Hoffman.
The script is adapted from the book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong by award-winning journalist David Walsh. Walsh spent more than a decade investigating allegations that Armstrong’s triumphant return after battling testicular cancer was aided by the use of performance-enhancing drugs.
The Program is directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena).
This isn’t the first time DIRECTV has premiered an exclusive movie. The Program joins a growing list of DIRECTV CINEMA® exclusive premiere movies that includes Standoff, Dark Places and Mississippi Grind.