A couple updates on competing biopics centered around Jesse Owens, the Olympian legend who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin games:
- John Boyega was set to star in Race, but needs to drop out to star in Star Wars: Episode VII. The Wrap reports Stephan James is now in talks to play Owens. Stephen Hopkins (House of Lies) will direct Race.
- Deadline reports Anthony Mackie “badly wants to play Jesse Owens” and is putting together a passion project to do so. Mackie and Jamie Linden (We Are Marshall) are producing and supervised a script by George Olsen that focuses on the lead-up to the 1936 Olympics. They will shop the project to distributors soon.
There is a third Owens project, too! Last we checked, Antoine Fuqua signed on to direct a biopic scripted by David Seidler (The King’s Speech) for Disney, but Fuqua has many irons in the fire. More after the jump.