The game of baseball changed because of one courageous man. His baseball skills made him a well-known player, but it was his audacious act of bravery that made him legendary. His courage and bravery were influential in ending segregation in professional sports. These elements define 42, the story of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson. As the first African American Major League Baseball player to brake the color barrier, Robinson signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, causing controversy and change.
Relative newcomer and Brooklynite Chadwick Boseman (TV’s Persons Unknown) portrays the legendary Robinson, while Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential) wrote and directed the film. Academy Award nominee Harrison Ford stars as the Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, who kick started Robinson’s career. Nicole Beharie (Shame) plays Robinson’s wife, Rachel Isum.
42 is slated for an April 12 release next year, correlating with Robinson’s official debut as a Brooklyn Dodger on April 15, 1947. Watch the trailer below.