According to Variety, the newcomer Chadwick Boseman – who appeared in The Express – will play the role of the legendary African-American baseball player Jackie Robinson in ’42’ which is written and would be directed by the Academy Award winner writer Brian Helgeland who already has some hits such as “L.A. Confidential” and “Mystic River” to his credit. It has also been reported that Harrison Ford would play the role of Branch Rickey in ’42’.
In 1947, Branch Rickey being Brooklyn Dodgers‘ general manager at the time decided to sign Jackie Robinson which made Jackie the first-ever African-America Major League Baseball (MLB) baseball player in history. Rickey and Robinson’s story is iconic given the racial barriers present at that time. Robinson stepped on the field for the first time on 15th April 1947 and never looked back. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962. His achievements opened the door for legions of African-American baseball players to join the Majors – changing the game forever.
Playing the role of Jackie is no less than an honor for Boseman as this is by far the biggest role he has ever been offered. Up until now in his career, Boseman has appeared in TV shows such as “Fringe“, “Justified“, “Castle“, “Persons Unknown” and “The Express“.
The director has reportedly co-ordinated closely with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson, to make sure the real-life adaption of the legend gets close to reality as much as possible.