The first trailer has dropped for Race, the upcoming biopic of Olympic field athlete Jesse Owens.
Starring Stephan James (Selma) as Owens, Race follows the athlete from his humble beginnings to his history-making participation in the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, which saw him facing off against Hitler’s “Aryan supremacy”.
Owens’ story is certainly one worth telling, so here’s hoping Race does a good job in telling it. The trailer is almost disappointingly familiar, filled with biopic tropes we’ve seen countless times, but that’s not to say the overall film won’t work. James’ performance looks up to par and the production looks solid, even if we’re a little unsure this is the right picture for director Stephen Hopkins (Predator 2, Lost in Space, The Reaping). We’ll see.
Race hits the U.S. on February 19, 2016.
Synopsis for Race:
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.