The life and legacy of Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson will be given the silver screen treatment when the film 42, hits theaters in April of next year.
With a helping verse from Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn Go Hard,” the trailer for the film briefly lays out the humble beginnings of a young Robinson—played by Chadwick Boseman— and his fight to be an elite player in Major League Baseball with help from team executive Branch Rickey, played by Harrison Ford.
The movie will detail the history-making signing of Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, as well as profile the struggles of being the first Black person allowed to play in the predominately White MLB, during the height of the Jim Crow era.
42 was directed by Brian Helgeland and developed by Howard Baldwin, best know for his work on the Oscar Award winning biopic, Ray, starring Jamie Foxx.
The film is slated to be released April 12, on the 66th anniversary of what has come to be known as “Jackie Robinson Day,” commemorating the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger. 42 is the second film made about Robinson’s historic triumph, the first of which was the 1950’s project, The Jackie Robinson Story, starring Robinson as himself.
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