“Out there, there ain’t no black and white, there’s only fast and slow. Nothing matter – not color, not money, not even hate.”
The first trailer for the Jesse Owens biopic Race was released online Wednesday.
Race stars Stephen James (Selma) as Olympic runner Jesse Owens, who became a magnet for controversy when he decided to participate in the 1936 Olympic games in Berlin under the cloud of the emerging Nazi regime. Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, We’re the Millers) co-stars as Owens’ coach Larry Snyder.
Here’s the film’s official synopsis from Focus Features:
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.
Of course, Owens would go on to win not just one, but four gold medals at the Berlin games.
Race is directed by Stephen Hopkins (House of Lies, Lost in Space) off of a script from Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse (Frankie and Alice). William Hurt and Jeremy Irons also star.
The film will be released February 19, 2016. Check out the trailer above.