Jesse Owens was one of the greatest sports legends of all time. His 4 gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics made history -- and shamed the Nazi party and their repulsive theories of a 'master race'. Despite his achievements at the Olympics, Owens still struggled with racism at home; "I wasn't invited to shake hands with Hitler, but I wasn't invited to the White House to shake hands with the President ,either".

Variety has announced that Milkshake Films (Goal) have signed Anthony Mackie (Freedomland) to portray Owens in the upcoming biopic Jesse: The True Story of J.C Owens. A director hasn't been chosen yet to shoot the James L. White (Ray) script, but Milkshake Films is expected to announce a director soon.

It's amazing to me that it took this long to make a film about Jesse Owens. So far there has only been one TV special that aired in 1984, whose cast included LeVar Burton and Tom Bosley -- that's right, Mr. Cunningham from Happy Days -- not exactly a fitting tribute.

[via Empire Online]