Now Owens is being immortalised in a different way, with “Selma” actor Stephan James playing him in the new biopic Race.
James, joined by Jason Sudeikis as his coach and Jeremy Irons as the president of the International Olympic Committee, portrays Owens from his discovery at Ohio State university through the Berlin Olympics. Set against the backdrop of World War II and the Jim Crow era, “Race” tells the story of Jesse Owens’ fight against racial adversity at home and abroad.
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.