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.
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.