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Anthony Mackie To Play Jesse Owens?

By Garth Franklin Thursday May 29th 2014 03:48AM
Anthony Mackie To Play Jesse Owens?

Anthony Mackie ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") and "We Are Marshall" writer Jamie Linden have teamed up to shop around a biopic about Olympian runner Jesse Owens which would star Mackie.

Mackie and Linden will produce the film which George Olson scripted. The pair will shortly shop the script around in hopes of fast tracking the feature focusing on the lead-up to the 1936 games where Owens' performance shook the world.

Unfortunately the film is entering a crowded field with several projects vying to bring the story to the screen first. One is Stephen Hopkins' "Race" which John Boyega was slated to star in and now has scored Stephan James as Owens. Another is Disney's "Triumph" which David Seidler ("The King's Speech") is scripting.

Mackie himself has also made headlines for dropping out of a long in the works film about famed coronet player Buddy Bolden. Anthony Mackie played the role when filming began in 2007 and filmed reshoots on it in 2009. Now a further three months of filming is about to begin and Mackie has opted out with Gary Carr ("Downton Abbey") stepping into his shoes.

Source: Deadline

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