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Movie star Anthony Mackie is on deck to bring the life of legendary American sprinter Jesse Owens to the silver screen. Get deets about the film’s production inside and find out why Drake is distancing himself from a film that he stars in!

Anthony Mackie, who’s starring as the Falcon in both Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016), is also on board to bring the life of American sprinter Jesse Owens to the big screen.

For those unfamiliar with the track legend, he dominated the 1936 Berlin Olympics (winning four gold medals) and shut down the “belief” that Germans were the superior race. Take that Adolf Hitler!

Anthony has been shopping the project since 2014 and Relativity Studios has bit the bait. While the bio pic has not nailed down a director (yet), the studio would like to have the film completed by the 2016 Summer Olympics, (marking the 80th anniversary of Jesse’s triumph). As the film’s production progresses, we’ll keep you posted.

In case you missed it…

Post by MTV.

Anthony stars in an ad for the 2015 MTV Movie Awards with host Amy Schumer. It’s hilarious! Don’t forget to watch The Movie Awards airs on April 12 at 8/7c and check for full coverage.

In other film news…

Footage from Drake’s 2009 tour was used to create a new feature film, “Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage”, but he doesn’t want to be associated with it.

Although the film was produced by two of his biggest supporters, Rap-A-Lot Records honchos J. Prince and Jas Prince, and sources have copies of the contract he signed approving the film to be made, Drizzy wasn’t happy with the film…at all. He tweeted,

The movie was reportedlt done with Drake’s authorization. In fact, he’s set to receive 15% of the profits (for use of “his” footage). But his team was unimpressed with the result. One of his reps told TMZ that Drake only “puts out music and video/film that is of the highest quality”…and this ain’t it!

If you’re still interested, the film hits theaters on Thursday.

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