`Selma` actor to play Jesse Owens in biopic?

PTI| Last Updated: May 30, 2014, 10:14 AM IST

Los Angeles: `Selma` actor Stephan James in in talks to play legendary Olympian Jesse Owens in biopic `Race` after John Boyega opted out of the film.

Boyega decided to quit the project after he was cast as one of the new leads in JJ Abrams` `Star Wars: Episode VII`, reportedly.

`Race` is being directed by Stephen Hopkins while the script has been written by Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse. Owens is the legendary athlete who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, shocking Adolf Hitler.

Hitler hoped to ban black and Jewish athletes from competing in the Berlin games but he relented when threatened with a boycott.
`Race` will follow Owens along his journey from Alabama to Germany as he overcame prejudice and inspired millions around the world.