I could have done without the Jay-Z background noise, but other than that, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this debut trailer for “L.A. Confidential’s” Brian Helgeland’s true-story baseball pic “42”. The film, of course, tracks the rise of legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson, the first black man to ever play in the major leagues. His trials and tribulations (oh, so, so many) are chronicled in “42”, which from the looks of this trailer, isn’t shying away from very much. That’s Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson, by the by.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures are teaming up with director Brian Helgeland for “42,” the powerful story of Jackie Robinson, the legendary baseball player who broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he joined the roster of the Brooklyn Dodgers. “42” will star Academy Award(R) nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”) as the innovative Dodger’s general manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors and then helped to bring him up to the show, and Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues.
Written and directed by Helgeland, “42” stars Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Brad Beyer, Judy Tylor, Jon Bernthal, Nicole Beharie, and T.R. Knight.
Swinging for the fences April 12, 2013.