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Friday 25 May 2018

Bolt for stardom: Usain Bolt wants to conquer the big screen

Jamaica's Usain Bolt
Jamaica's Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt has swept all before him on the track - now he is out to conquer the big screen.

The world's fastest man is to star in his first ever feature documentary for cinematic release, it was announced on Wednesday.

The film will follow the Jamaican's path to the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he will bid to land 100 and 200 metres gold for a third straight Games.

The film will be produced by Fulwell 73 - directed by Gabe and Ben Turner and produced by Leo Pearlman - who were responsible for the likes of 'Class of 92' and 'One Direction: This is Us'.

Bolt said: "I'm excited to start work on this project. When I met Gabe and Ben and heard about their previous work I felt they would be the right people to tell my story and capture my journey to Rio 2016. It's going to be a lot of fun."

Gabe Turner added: "Having explored the dynamic of brotherhood and team-mates in our previous film, this time around Ben and I had a real interest in looking at the life of an athlete competing in an individual sport.

"When the opportunity arose to do so with the greatest single athlete of all time, we leapt at the chance. Usain's journey over this next year and what he achieves in Rio will define his legacy and redefine what is possible in his sport. We cannot wait to be with him every step of the way."

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