Here’s a second, longer trailer for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures’ Jackie Robinson biopic 42 that opens April 12. Brian Helgeland wrote and directs the film about the famed Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman who broke pro baseball’s color barrier. Chadwick Boseman stars as Robinson and Harrison Ford plays team general manager Branch Rickey.
It is been reported that Robert Redford along with ESPN will collaborate on a film chronicling the life of Jackie Robinson. This movie seems to finally be on track to getting made after years of false starts and a varying list of people connected to the project.
NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – ESPN said Monday its film unit would join forces with Robert Redford on a theatrical movie about Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers star who broke baseball’s color barrier in the 1940s.
ESPN Films joins the biopic that Redford has been working on for several years. Thomas Carter (“Coach Carter”) is attached as director for the project. Redford will play Branch Rickey, the team’s general manager.
The project has the blessing of Rachel Robinson, Jackie Robinson’s widow, as well as Branch Rickey Jr. and Major League Baseball. Among the producers are Howard and Karen Baldwin, who helped bring “Ray” to the big screen.