Sony Pictures Classics has released the first trailer for director Alex Gibney’s (Taxi to the Dark Side) documentary The Armstrong Lie. Gibney’s film takes a fascinating look at the Lance Armstrong doping scandal, as this documentary actually began in 2009 as a look at Armstrong’s comeback. After having shot a fair amount of footage in which the cyclist denied ever using performance-enhancing drugs, Armstrong subsequently admitted to doping, and what ensued was a series of “after” interviews with Gibney in which Armstrong spoke candidly about his actions. As Gibney says in the narration of the trailer, this isn’t a story about doping but rather “about power,” and the footage that he amassed looks to provide a fascinating look inside Armstrong’s world. Word on the film was positive coming out of TIFF, and I’m certainly interested to see what insights are gleaned in this documentary.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The Armstrong Lie opens in theaters on November 8th.
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Here’s the official synopsis for The Armstrong Lie:
In 2009 Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession. “The Armstrong Lie” picks up in 2013 and presents a riveting, insider’s view of the unraveling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. As Lance Armstrong himself says: “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.”