Today's Hot Trailer: Jackie Robinson Biopic 42 Starring Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman Hits it Out of the Park
09.21.12 by Ryan
Brooklyn Goes Hard in the trailer for 42.
Baseball movies. There have been plenty of movies made about America's favorite pastime. And while it's too early to tell whether Clint Eastwood and company have created a new all-time baseball movie classic with Trouble With the Curve until after it opens next week, it looks like next year might have a new entry to that list with L.A. Confidential screenwriter and A Knight's Tale writer-director Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Harrison Ford actually acting? Chadwick Boseman (The Express, The Kill Hole) looking picture perfect as Robinson? The movie's first trailer gives audiences only a taste for what's in store. A few seminal moments from the baseball great's life are revealed while Jay-Z's "Brooklyn Go Hard" plays in the background. As postseason October rounds the corner, baseball fans have another reason to get excited for next April: 42.
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For those unfamiliar with Robinson's story outside of his landmark achievements as an athlete and the first African American in major league baseball, Ford plays Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Robinson to a minor-league contract in 1945 and a Major League contract two years later. Helgeland strove for historical accuracy on 42, bringing in Rachel Robinson, Robinson's widow, to work as a consultant on the movie.
While we only have the first trailer to go on, we still think we can confidently say that 42 looks like the greatest baseball movie about Jackie Robinson since the baseball legend starred as himself in his own biopic, 1950's The Jackie Robinson Story. To compare the two, check out the trailer for The Jackie Robinson Story below.