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New Featurette For Baseball Biopic ’42′ Starring Harrison Ford

Whether serving as writer, director or even both, any project that has Brian Helgeland’s name attached always gets me excited. His latest is no different with a sporting biopic based on the discovery and emergence of baseball legend Jack Robinson, titled 42 (the number on Robinson’s shirt) . Robinson was the first ever black player to grace the field as a professional in the Major Leagues, playing in the colours of the Brooklyn Dodgers during 1947-56, who had to struggle with racist elements and abuse in the game and of the times.

Helgeland returns as writer/director for the first time since 2003s THE ORDER (aka THE SIN EATER starring his late A KNIGHT’S TALE lead Heath Ledger), with 42 and features Harrison Ford as the scouting icon Branch Rickey, the man who discovered the baseball legends’ talent after spotting him play in the segregated ‘Negro Leagues’. Newcomer Chadwick Boseman takes the role of Robinson.

Here is a new featurette from the fact-based film set for release in the US on the 12th April. A UK date is still awaiting confirmation. We’ve also added the trailer below, for those who missed it.

Source: Warner Bros. Pictures

Craig is leading the charge as our north east correspondent, proving that it’s so ‘grim up north’ that losing yourself in a world of film is a foregone prerequisite. He has been studying the best (and often worst) of both classic and modern cinema at the University of Life for as long as he can remember. Craig’s favorite films include THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, JFK, GOODFELLAS, SCARFACE, and most of John Carpenter’s early work, particularly THE THING and HALLOWEEN.