Focus Features has officially acquired domestic rights to the Jesse Owens biopic "Race," with Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons joining the cast.
Stephan James will play Owens with Stephen Hopkins directing the pic.
Sudeikis will star as Owens' obsessive coach and mentor Larry Snyder, who, after his own prestigious track career, became a coach at Ohio State University. Irons will play Avery Brundage, the head of the American Olympic committee who fought to have the 1936 Olympics take place in Berlin.
"Race" is written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel. The movie is produced by Jean Charles LÃ©vy for Forecast Pictures, Luc Dayan for ID+, Kate Garwood and Stephen Hopkins for Totally Commercial Films, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique SÃ©guin for Canada's Solofilms, and Karsten BrÃ¼nig and Thierry Potok for Germany's Trinity Race GmbH.