It’s surprising it’s taken this long for someone to make a biopic about iconic athlete Jesse Owens, who famously won numerous gold medals at the Nazi-organised 1936 Olympic Games.
Selma star Stephan James plays Owens (John Boyega was originally cast before he went off to make Star Wars Episode VII), with Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudekis, and William Hurt also in the cast.
Here’s the synopsis: ‘Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. “Race” is an enthralling film about courage, determination, tolerance, and friendship, and an inspiring drama about one man’s fight to become an Olympic legend.’
The movie will get a small Oscar qualifying run before expanding early next year. [Read more…]