‘Game of Thrones’ star Carice van Houten has been cast in the upcoming Jesse Owens biopic ‘Race’. The 38-year-old actress has joined the Stephan James-starring film about the Olympic gold medallist, reported Digital Spy.
Carice, who plays priestess Melisandre on the HBO show, will star in the film alongside Jeremy Irons and Jason Sudeikis. James plays US sprinter Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, humiliating Adolf Hitler and his claims of Aryan racial superiority.
Hitler had attempted to ban black and Jewish athletes from the games, but backed down in the face of a threatened boycott. Sudeikis will play the runner’s coach and mentor Larry Snyder, with Irons as head of the Olympic Committee that supported hosting the games in Nazi Germany.