Jesse Owens Biopic, ‘Race,’ Moved Up to February 2016 Premiere

Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens

The premiere date for Race , the forthcoming biopic on record-breaking track and field star Jesse Owens , has been pushed up from April 8, 2016 to February 19, 2016 in the U.S.

Starring Stephan James ( Selma ) as Owens, the sports-drama will chronicle the master athlete’s four gold medal wins at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, which “ single-handedly crushed Adolf Hitler‘s myth of Aryan supremacy .”

Jason Sudeikis ( Horrible Bosses 2 ) will portray Owens’ coach and mentor Larry Snyder , William Hurt ( Captain America: Civil War ) will play Amateur Athletic Union president Jeremiah Mahoney who led the boycott against the 1936 Olympics, and Jeremy Irons ( Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ) will play U.S. Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage who fought against the boycott.

Carice van Houten ( Game of Thrones ) will portray infamous German director Leni Riefenstahl , who helmed 1935’s Triumph of the Will , a Nazi propaganda documentary.

Directed by Stephen Hopkins , Race was written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse .

It is being produced by Forecast Pictures, Solofilms, and Trinity Race, with distribution by Entertainment One in Canada), Focus Features in the U.S., and SquareOne Entertainment in Germany.

A Netherlands premiere has been set for June 30, 2016.

[via shadowandact ]