William Hurt has joined Jesse Owens Biopic “Race” opposite Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten and Stephan James.
“Race,” directed by Stephen Hopkins from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, is currently being 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.
Hurt will portray Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics.
By Dave McNary from Variety