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Anthony Mackie to Star in Jesse Owens Project at Relativity

Relativity is in talks to develop a biopic about American track and field hero Jesse Owens with Anthony Mackie attached to star.

It’s the third Owens movie in the works in Hollywood, following the completed “Race” at Focus and an untitled Owens project at Disney, based on the book “Triumph,” written ESPN host Jeremy Schaap.

Owens, the son of an Alabama sharecropper, shattered Adolf Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy by winning a record four gold medals in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.

Hitler had insisted Jewish people and African-Americans not be allowed in the Games, but relented when threatened with a boycott. He shook hands only with the German victors on the first day of competition and then skipped all further medal presentations.

“Race” stars Stephan James alongside Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten and William Hurt. Focus has set the release for April 8, 2016.

Producers on the untitled Relativity project are Jason Spire, Jamie Linden and George Olson. The script has been written by Linden and Olson.

Mackie’s credits include “The Hurt Locker” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” as Sam Wilson/Falcon. He can be seen next in “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

Mackie and Spire are repped by UTA. Linden is repped by Paradigm and Olson by Magnet Management.

News about Mackie was first reported by Deadline.com.

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