Jesse Owens Biopic 'Race' Moves Up to Winter Release

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The film is one of several movies in the works chronicling the life of the famous track and field athlete.

Taking no chances, Focus Features is moving up the release of Jesse Owens biopic Race from April 8, 2016, to Feb. 19.

Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins and starring Stephan James in the title role, is one of several films in the works chronicling the life of the famous track and field athlete. It is the first to have a release date, and earned strong scores at a recent test screening.

William Hurt, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and Carice van Houten also star. Hopkins shot Race in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won his record-breaking four gold medals in 1936 and interfered with Adolf Hitler's plans to tout the superiority of the Aryan "master race."

Anthony Mackie is also clamoring to play Owens. His project had been set up at Relativity Media, but the producers are now shopping the film elsewhere in the wake of Relativity filing for bankruptcy. A third Jesse Owens biopic Triumph is set up at Disney.

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