Variety has announced that Milkshake Films (Goal) have signed Anthony Mackie (Freedomland) to portray Owens in the upcoming biopic Jesse: The True Story of J.C Owens. A director hasn't been chosen yet to shoot the James L. White (Ray) script, but Milkshake Films is expected to announce a director soon.
It's amazing to me that it took this long to make a film about Jesse Owens. So far there has only been one TV special that aired in 1984, whose cast included LeVar Burton and Tom Bosley -- that's right, Mr. Cunningham from Happy Days -- not exactly a fitting tribute.
[via Empire Online]