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Watch: Stephan James Channels Olympian Jesse Owens in ‘Race’ Trailer

Focus Features has released the first trailer for Jesse Owens biopic “Race,” starring Stephan James as the iconic Olympian, five months before its Feb. 19 opening.

The trailer shows the start of the 100-meter race at the 1936 Berlin Olympics following the set-up, “In 10.3 seconds, Jesse Owens changed history.”

“Race,” directed by Stephen Hopkins from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, was filmed in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The stadium is where Owens won four Olympic gold medals in 1936 in a repudiation of Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

The film stars James, Jason Sudeikis, William Hurt, Carice van Houten and Amanda Crew.

The movie is produced by Jean Charles Lévy for Forecast Pictures, Luc Dayan for ID+, Kate Garwood and Mr. Hopkins for Totally Commercial Films, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Séguin for Canada’s Solofilms, and Karsten Brünig and Thierry Potok for Germany’s Trinity Race GmbH.

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