John Boyega, the star of the awesome sci-fi horror film Attack The Block, has just landed the role of legendary Olympic athlete Jesse Owens. The biopic is called Race, and it will be directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.
Just so you know, this is not the same film that Disney is developing with director Antoine Fuqua. This one is being developed by Forecast Pictures.
According to Variety, the story will "focus on how Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay."
I love Owens' story, and I think that Boyega is a solid choice to play the man who put Hitler's superiority theories to shame when he kicked everyone's ass on the track.
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