‘Race’ Trailer Gives First Look at the New Jesse Owens Biopic

By October 14, 2015

The biopic is one of Hollywood’s go-to genres during heavy awards seasons it seems like, and it’s easy to see why. They almost always gain attention for their performances and incredible true stories, with even last year’s The Theory of Everything showing up as one of the major awards contenders. However, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult for filmmakers and screenwriters to make new biopics that don’t seem tired or formulaic at this point, and they are almost always sure-fire Oscar bait films. Focus Features has debuted the first trailer for next year’s Jesse Owens biopic called Race though (via Yahoo! Movies), and after watching it – you’ll wonder why it isn’t being released during this year’s awards season. Check it out below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ygu45dU3U4 Here’s the movie’s official synopsis:

“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.”

I’m honestly surprised that there hasn’t been a movie about Jesse Owens yet. Considering his triumph at the Olympics is one of the coolest stories of the 19th century in my opinion, it would have seemed like one of the more obvious true stories to adapt for the big screen in the decades since Owen’s life. What I love about this trailer though is that it looks like Race will be capitalizing on not only the obvious emotional, and dramatic tension that Owens faced during his life and specifically during that period, but also on the absolutely thrilling statement that his victory and presence made. The cast looks phenomenal all the way around with small glimpses at the always reliable Jeremy Irons and William Hurt. Following his amazing turn in this year’s Sleeping with Other People, I’m excited to see Jason Sudeikis taking some more dynamic and diverse roles now, and he looks to be fitting in well with the movie’s somewhat heavy tone. Stephan James is easily the star of the trailer though, and he looks to be providing a deep and charismatic performance as Owens, with all of these factors coming together to hopefully make this one of the more interesting releases during 2016’s first quarter. Race is set to hit theatres on February 19th, 2016. Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable