"Race," a biographical drama about Olympic track and field star
Canadian actor Stephan James will portray Owens, whose quest to become the greatest track athlete in history thrust him onto the world stage of the 1936 Berlin Olympics, where he challenged Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy.
A relative newcomer, James, 20, also has a small role in "Selma," director Ava DuVernay's upcoming biopic about the Rev.
In "Race," James will be joined by cast members
"I'm excited we've assembled such an impressive cast to tell this extraordinary story," director
Principal photography begins this month in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals.