Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson broke major league baseball’s color barrier when he debuted at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. The rest of his stellar career is, as they say, history.
Now, we finally have a cinematic description of Robinson’s story that will be hitting theaters next spring. Here’s the trailer and synopsis, courtesy of firstsoundtracks:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are teaming up with director Brian Helgeland for “42,” the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. “42″ will star Academy Award(R) nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”) as the innovative Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues.
I’m sold. The film is slated for release on April 12, 2013, three days before the 66th anniversary of Robinson’s debut. This is one biography you don’t want to miss.