*Based on the incredible true story of track and field superstar Jesse Owens, “Race” will chronicle the athlete’s gold medal wins at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, which crushed Adolf Hitler’s plans to tout his 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.
Stephan James (“Selma”) stars as Owens, in a script written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Director Stephen Hopkins filmed the sports drama in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won his record-breaking four gold medals.
James is a Canadian film and television actor whose credits include “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” “Home Again” and “12 Dates of Christmas.” He earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor at the 1st Canadian Screen Awards for his performance in “Home Again.” He played civil rights activist John Lewis in 2014’s “Selma.”
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