Owens and his rise to become of the greatest track and field athletes of all time is the subject of "Race," which debuted its first full-length trailer today. The biopic follows Owens (Stephan James of "Selma") from his early collegiate success to his participation in the Olympics. Along the way, though, Owens faced racial prejudice, as well as pressure from the black community to boycott the Nazi-run event.
Owens's story has always been an uplifting one, and the trailer is appropriately stirring. And like last year's "Selma," it shows how far race relations in America have come — and how not enough has changed.
"Race" also stars Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons, and opens in theaters February 19.
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Young Jesse Owens (Stephan James) becomes a track and field sensation while attending the Ohio State University in the early 1930s. With guidance from coach Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis), Owens gains national recognition for breaking numerous records. After heated debates, the United States decides not to boycott the Olympics in Nazi Germany. Overcoming racism at home and abroad, Owens seizes the opportunity to show Berlin and the the world that he's the fastest man alive. Read More