by: Sammy Mink
William Hurt is the latest actor to join the cast of RACE, the Jesse Owens biopic from Focus Features. The sports biopic chronicles Olympic runner Jesse Owens famed triumph at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Hurt has been cast as Jeremiah Mahoney, the president of the Amateur Athletic Union who led the boycot of the Olympics. He joins Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice Van Houten, and Stephan James, who have all previously been cast. Stephen Hopkins is directing from a script penned by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel.
Lately, Hurt has been taking on roles in romantic dramas like “The Host,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” and “Winter’s Tale.” Most recently, he co-starred with Katie Holmes and Ben Whishaw in Christian Camargo’s “Days and Nights.” Next up, Hurt is set to appear in Kieran Darcy-Smith’s western “By Way of Helena,” as well as basketball biopic “Men of Granite.”
Hurt is repped by ICM and Markham, Froggatt and Irwin.