rachel-portmanRachel Portman has been tapped to score the upcoming biographical sports drama Race. The film is directed by Stephen Hopkins (The Ghost and the DarknessPredator 2Lost in SpaceBlown Away) and stars Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt and Carice van Houten. The movie tells the true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary sports superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics. Anna Waterhouse & Joe Shrapnel (Frankie & Alex) have written the screenplay. Hopkins is also producing the project with Jean Charles Lévy (The Tall Man), Luc Dayan, Louis-Philippe Rochon & Dominique Séguin, Karsten Brünig & Thierry Potok (2 Days in Paris). Race is set to be released on February 19, 2016 by Focus Features.

As previously reported, Portman also has the spy thriller Despite the Falling Snow starring Rebecca Ferguson coming up.

  1. Justin Boggan says:

    Interesting assignment for her. I look forward to hearing it.

    I am, however, a little disappointed Hopkins isn’t scoring it. If you listen to the samples on the compilation CD of scoring he has done (over at ScreenArchives.com), he’s really quite talented. He completely blows away Eastwood, that’s for sure.

    • Tvr says:

      He’s a composer? Didn’t know that.

      But he seems to have a good taste in film music and likes to use great composers (Silvestri on Predator 2, Goldsmith on The Ghost and the Darkness, Broughton on Lost in Space and now Rachel on this film).

      • Justin Boggan says:

        Oh, my mistake. Turns out this Stephen Hopkins is not the same Hannibal actor Stephen Hopkins (who is the composer). I assumed it was the same person; IMDb says otherwise.

  2. Justin Boggan says:

    Yes. I completely got this screwed up. Let it all be stricken from the record.