Jesse Owens Takes on Hitler in First Trailer for 'Race'

Jesse Owens Takes on Hitler in First Trailer for 'Race'

By Tim McMahon Oct 15, 2015 10:17 AM
Photo Credit: Focus Features

In 1936, at the height of Nazi Germany, American sprinter Jesse Owens figuratively spat in the face of dictator Adolf Hitler and his Aryan race views, winning four gold medals at the Berlin summer Olympics.

His story of courage in the face of such bigotry (both abroad and at home) is the focus of a new biopic with the double entendre title of Race. Focus Features, via Yahoo! Movies, released the first trailer for the sports drama on Wednesday.

Race follows Owens life from his time as a youth to his college career at Ohio State and through his lone Olympic games appearance (he was stripped of his amateur status shortly after the games, thus ending his running career).

Much like the film 42 did with the story of Jackie Robinson, Race centers on the racial hostility Owens faced throughout – not only his career – but his personal life as well.

Stephan James takes on the role of the iconic runner in the film. The 21-year-old actor is no stranger to portraying historical figures on screen as he played civil rights activist and future U.S. congressman John Lewis in last year’s Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic, Selma.

Rounding out the Race cast is Jason Sudeikis (in a rare dramatic role), William Hurt and Jeremy Irons. The film is set for a February 19, 2016 release.

Tags: Race (2016), Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, William Hurt, Jeremy Irons
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