Jeremy Irons Joins Cast of Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’

Jeremy Irons has joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic Race.

From Variety:

Jesse Owens Biopic Gets Boost From Family

FEBRUARY 7, 2014

By Leo Barraclough

The daughter of Olympic athlete Jesse Owens, Marlene Owens Rankin, was at the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Thursday to attend the international sales launch of “Race,” the biopic about her father. Variety spoke to her and Stephen Hopkins, the director of the film, whose cast Jeremy Irons and Geoffrey Rush have just joined.

Owens Rankin, sitting yards from the spot where Adolf Hitler watched the 1936 Olympics in which Owens won four gold medals, said the film can deliver an uplifting message to young moviegoers.

The message “is about the human spirit — about its endurance and vulnerability — but also the success you can achieve when you are motivated, and persevere in the face of adversity,” she said. “So, hopefully, kids who are underachieving and who lack hope will be motivated by his life and successes in spite of all he went through.”

The film, which was being introduced to buyers for the first time in Berlin by its sales agent Mister Smith Entertainment, tracks Owens’ progress leading up to the 1936 Games, contending with racism in the U.S. and Germany before his eventual triumph. Up-and-coming British thesp John Boyega plays Owens, as previously announced in Variety.

Mister Smith’s David Garrett told buyers gathered at the stadium that they were in advanced negotiations with Carice Van Houten to play Leni Riefenstahl.

He announced that Al Munteanu’s SquareOne Entertainment, the German distributor and an exec producer, and Canadian distrib eOne have boarded the project. Production will start May 24, and with the pic to lense in Berlin and Montreal.

“It will feel like a contemporary story,” Hopkins said. “It is about a kid from the wrong side of the tracks fighting his way to the forefront to represent his country. It should be something where people go, ‘I can’t believe this ever happened.’

“My dream is to present a real hero,” he added. “Someone who does it because of his need to better himself and to be dignified, but not in a stuffy way.”

Garrett said he likes to think of the project as “Chariots of Fire” on acid.

“It is an unbelievable story that if you had written it as fiction people would have gone, ‘Hmm, nah. That’s too amazing to be true,’ ” Garrett said. “It has so many stratas, whether it is the issues of prejudice and segregation, and then the hypocrisy of it all, and how people are prepared to compromise their views. It’s about one man breaking down so many people’s prejudices.”

Munteanu said, “It was supposed to be the Nazi Olympics, and he upstaged it entirely. It is a story about complete and utter dedication at a time when everything was against him.”

Producers include Forecast Pictures’ Jean Charles Levy and ID+’s Luc Dayan.

Video: Jeremy Irons talks about ‘The Words’ in new interview

Video: Jeremy Irons talks about ‘The Words’ in new interview.

‘The Words’ to Premiere at Sundance

The Words, starring Jeremy Irons, will be the closing night film at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Its gala red carpet premiere will be at 9:30 pm on Saturday 28 January, at Peery’s Egyptian Theater in Ogden, Utah.

DIRECTOR Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal

SCREENWRITERS Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal

U.S.A., 2011, 96 min, color,
English with some French

Screenings

Time Date Event Code Venue City Availability
6:30 pm 1/27/2012 WORDS27CE Eccles Theatre Park City Waitlist Only
9:00 am 1/28/2012 WORDS28CM Eccles Theatre Park City Waitlist Only
9:30 pm 1/28/2012 WORDS28ON Peery’s Egyptian Theater Ogden Available
12:30 pm 1/29/2012 WORDS29GD Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center Salt Lake City Waitlist Only

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The 2012 Sundance Film Festival takes place Jan. 19-29.

Synopsis:

Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a struggling writer, aspires to be the next great literary voice. When he discovers a lost manuscript in a weathered attaché case, he realizes he possesses something extraordinary that he desperately wishes he had created. Rory decides to pass the work off as his own and finally receives the recognition he desperately craves. However, he soon learns that living with his choice will not be as easy as he thought as he faces a moral dilemma that will make him take a hard look at the man he has become.

CLOSING NIGHT FILM Gala Premiere at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 28th.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS Laura Rister, Cassian Elwes, Lisa Wilson, Bradley Cooper

PRODUCERS Michael Benaroya, Tatiana Kelly, Jim Young

CINEMATOGRAPHER Antonio Calvache

EDITOR Leslie Jones

PRODUCTION DESIGNER Michele LaLiberte

COMPOSER Marcelo Zarvos

CAST Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde, Zoe Saldana, Ben Barnes

Jeremy Irons and Bradley Cooper on set of ‘The Words’

Great new photos of Jeremy Irons and Bradley Cooper on the Montreal set of The Words:

June 22, 2011 – Photos by Bauer Griffin

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Jeremy Irons to film ‘The Words’ in Montreal this June

Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons arriving in Montreal

By Newswire – May 9, 2011 – 1:48 | Dermière Last Updated: May 9, 2011 – 13:48

Bradley Cooper and Jeremy Irons will be in Montreal from June 5 for the filming of The Words, a film by director Brian Klugman. They remain in the city for nearly a month and here are all the details of the filming of this production.

PRESS RELEASE – The Office of Film and Television (QFTC) is pleased to announce the confirmation of a new American film in Quebec this summer. The independent feature The Words starring Bradley Cooper (Limitless, Hangover, and soon Hangover Two) and Jeremy Irons (Die Hard with a Vengeance, Eragon, The Borgias) begins its pre-production this week. Filming will begin on June 5 for a period of 25 days, and will take place entirely in Montreal where the city will serve as a backdrop to New York and Paris.

The QFTC began discussions in early 2010 with the Hollywood production company Animus Films. Negotiations continued during the summer with the preparation of several proposals digital filming locations. The Words The project gained momentum in November during the economic mission organized by the QFTC the AFM (American Film Market) in Santa Monica. Among the 15 companies that participated in the Quebec delegation, the executive producer Francois Sylvestre took the opportunity to meet producers.

Producers Jim Young and Tatiana Kelly and the authors / directors Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal (Tron Legacy) were invited by the QFTC last month to discover the proposed filming locations and meet with service providers and AQTIS. This trip has definitely convinced the team of financial and creative strengths of Quebec. A few days later the producers announced their final decision to shoot in Montreal. “We are delighted with the enthusiasm that Quebec continues to attract internationally. Visible interest from foreign producers for Quebec is the result of three years of work and concerted mobilization of all our members, “recounted Hans Fraikin, the national commissioner.

François Sylvestre, who works with Nathalie Brunet Omada agency, said he was “proud to have helped bring a film in Montreal independent U.S. copyright.” With already nearly $ 200 million in volume shoots confirmed for 2011 and more than 3000 jobs created or maintained, all indications are that 2011 will be another record year for foreign productions shot in Quebec in 2010 surpassing the previous record year, which reached a total $ 214 million in direct economic benefits.

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