A Great First Trailer for the Jessie Owens Biopic ‘Race’ Has Been Released

Focus Features has released the first official trailer for their Jessie Owens biopic Race. Owens is not only one of our most legendary athletes, but overall figures in our history. Once climbing the ranks of College track stardom, he was then thrown into the hostile environment of the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, a time of Hitler’s rule. Owens not only broke the barrier as far as black athletes go, but his drive to go up against odds was an integral part of moving forward as a country. In a time where our country needed it most, Owens took the country on his back and crossed the finish line in the most powerful of ways.

Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments:

Just as I was hoping, I was very into the trailer. Through school over the years, I’ve heard of Owens and his journey multiple times, but we’re finally getting a feature film on this truly inspiring story. Once I was finished with the trailer, I looked up a few names and became surprised that this is from the same director as Predator 2. Stephen Hopkins looks to have hit the right notes that’s should be hit for this kind of film. It’s a story that’s been waiting & deserves to be told, here’s to hoping it ends up as good as it can be.

Race is 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.

Race has a February 19th, 2016 release date. Directed by Stephen Hopkins starring Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houton, Amanda Crew, William Hurt, and Jeremy Irons.

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