The cultural impact of baseball legend Jackie Robinson on the fabric of this country cannot be understated. In 1947, he broke down the color barrier by becoming the first black player in Major League Baseball and was a leading figure in ending racial segregation in professional sport. Not only that but he was also a hall of fame player over the course of 10 seasons for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Now, Legendary Pictures is moving ahead with 42, a biopic of the mythical figure which will be written and directed by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential). The film will depict how Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey and Robinson worked together to eradicate segregation in Major League Baseball, starting with the player signing a minor league contract in 1945.
Deadline now reports that Harrison Ford has officially been cast as Rickey, a role that Jack Nicholson and Robert Redford had previously been linked to. This looks the kind of meaty role that Ford has been looking for all these years and we can’t wait to see what he does with it. Additionally, Variety has just revealed that the studio has chosen newcomer Chadwick Boseman (The Express) to take on the role of the legendary ballplayer.
There is no word yet on when the movie will start shooting but this sounds quite promising so far. What do you think?