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Broadway star Chantel Riley hits the big screen next month in Race, the Stephen Hopkins -directed bio on Jesse Owens.

The Canadian-born actress, best known for her role in the stage version of The Lion King, plays the athlete's infamous lover Quincella Nickerson.

The drama tells of the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.

You can see the trailer for the film here :

Riley, in her first film role, plays Nickerson. The daughter of a rich Californian businessman, Nickerson embarked in a passionate affair with the athlete – while he was with long-time partner Minnie Ruth Solomon - their relationship all over the national newspapers.

Before the film hits theaters, you'll have a chance to catch Riley's amazing singing voice when she performs live January 27 at a special concert benefiting Elevate New York.


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