Watch: Trailer for Jesse Owens Film 'Race' Starring Stephan James
by Alex Billington
October 14, 2015
"The American people need champions… the remind them what they're capable of." Focus Features has debuted the trailer for Race, a film by Stephen Hopkins about the legendary Olympian Jesse Owens, played in the film by young actor Stephan James. This looks fantastic, like an exciting story of triumph over opposition and intimidation. Also starring Carice van Houten, Jason Sudeikis, William Hurt and others. This looks like it'd make a great double feature with Ryan Coogler's Creed this year. "Out there – ain't no black and white, there's only fast and slow. Nothing matters – not color, not money, not hate."
Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Stephen Hopkins' Race, originally from Yahoo:
Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens (Stephan James), 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. Race is directed by veteran filmmaker Stephen Hopkins, of an eclectic filmography including Predator 2, A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child, Blown Away, the Lost in Space remake, Under Suspicion. The Reaping, and most recently lots of "House of Lies" episodes. The scripts is by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Focus will release Race in theaters February 19th, 2016.
I like how America isn't racist any more, it's good to look back at those times when running really fast was a way to be accepted in such a backwards country. The Jesse Owens story is great, how he won so easily against 'the master race', must have made Hitler feel a fool, but sadly he still had to go home to a country just as racist as the one he left.
Carpola on Oct 14, 2015
I have no problem with the story, it was exceptional, of course. But nowadays, US looks to some in this world ugly as some ugly states and regimes in history. Deal with that and not with those suspicious narratives where Americans are always heroes. Nowadays, they are not so much. And no, I don't compare US with Nazis
shiboleth on Oct 14, 2015
Good point, shiboleth. But I wouldn't cater to ignorant people's ignorant ideas. Loudmouth, hateful minorities make my country look bad.
DAVIDPD on Oct 14, 2015
David, you're also right in stressing this. But, then again, what's the point of keeping quiet? It is probably the sign of our time, to avoid ignorance while we, at the same time, face that same ignorance on every corner. It's all over us David. And while we at it, I also live in a very strange country (and beautiful in many respects, too), with quite a number of bigots and can't stand their ignorance so I speak up whenever I deem it necessary. No hard feelings ...
shiboleth on Oct 15, 2015
Jason Sudeikis...why??? // Also, another throwback film featuring a Black man that uses rap in trailer...not a problem, just an observation.
DAVIDPD on Oct 14, 2015
Mark Brackney on Oct 17, 2015
From the director of Predator 2 and A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child.
Nielsen700 on Nov 24, 2015
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