Anthony Mackie to Star in Biopic About Jesse Owens

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According to Variety, Relativity is working on bringing Jesse Owens’ life to the silver screen with Anthony Mackie as the star.

Owens was a track and field star that was able to overcome racism and win four gold medals in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. He won gold in the 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash, the long jump and the 400-meter relay, after Adolf Hitler who felt German’s were the superior race, attempted to ban African-Americans and jewish people from participating in the games.

The untitled film is scheduled for release in 2016 for the next Olympics and the 80th anniversary of Jesse Owens’ historical win.


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