British actor John Boyega will portray Olympic athlete Jesse Owens in the biopic “Race,” with shooting set to start in May in Berlin and Montreal.
Forecast Pictures’ Jean Charles Levy and ID+’s Luc Dayan made the announcement Friday.
“Race” will be introduced to buyers at next month’s Berlin Film Market, with Mister Smith Entertainment handling international sales. Stephen Hopkins (“The Life and Death of Peter Sellers”) will direct from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.
“Race” will focus on how Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay. Owens’ victories are considered among the greatest atlhetic feats of all time.
Hitler had insisted Jews and Blacks not be allowed to participate in the games, but relented when threatened with a boycott. He shook hands only with the German victors on the first day of competition and then skipped all further medal presentations.
Shooting locations include the actual Berlin Olympic stadium where Owens won the four gold medals. Producers are aiming for a release in the spring of next year.
he's been getting really good reviews for his sundance movie plus he was amazing in attack the block, so happy he's getting more roles!
mods, i hope the image size is ok now!