Canadian Stephan James stars as Jesse Owens in the upcoming film Race.
It’s one month out from the release of Race, a movie about well-known track and field figure Jesse Owens, and the latest TV spot is now live.
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The film, set to debut on Feb. 19, stars Canadian Stephan James as Jesse Owens, and Jason Sudeikis (popularly known for his comedic roles in 30 Rock and his appearances on Saturday Night Live) as Larry Snyder, the coach of Owens and many other U.S. track and field greats.
The film also stars Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons for his role in the 1990 film Reversal of Fortune.
James, a 22-year-old Toronto native, acted in the film Selma and replaces John Boyega (one of the main characters in Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as the role of Owens.
Owens won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin including in the 100m and 200m events. (Read the official movie synopsis below.)
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 88th Academy Awards are expected to take place 10 days following the release of the film. The Owens family, among others, is helping to support the film.