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WHY JESSE OWENS BIOPIC RACE MAY EN­TER THE OS­CAR... YOU KNOW

Empire (UK) - - PREMIERE -

ne man’s big break is… an­other man’s big break. John boyega had long been at­tached to Race, the story of leg­endary sprinter Jesse Owens, but then got an of­fer he couldn’t refuse from a gal­axy far, far away. exit boyega, flanked by stormtroop­ers. en­ter stephan James, grab­bing the role with both hands. “John was re­ally up for it, but he couldn’t turn down the op­por­tu­nity he got,” con­cedes the film’s di­rec­tor, stephen Hop­kins. “i am not dis­ap­pointed. stephan is an ex­tra­or­di­nary ath­lete as well as an ac­tor. He is prob­a­bly more like Jesse. He is a very Zen kind of char­ac­ter, which is how i see Jesse Owens.”

Owens is one of the great­est ath­letes of all time, fa­mous for win­ning four gold medals at the

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