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New trailer and featurette for Jackie Robinson biopic 42, starring Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman

01.10.2013

Director Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic, 42, has a new trailer and featurette, highlighting the illustrious career of the famed baseball player who became the first African-American to join a major league team, breaking the color barrier and changing the game forever. Helgeland has been a reliable writer for a while now, but with only a handful of pics under his directing belt. However, some of those were pretty slick, including PAYBACK and A KNIGHT'S TALE, so his involvement on this could very well be another win.

Harrison Ford looks to be "acting his age" these days and this role fits perfectly with the next evolution of his career. It's nice to see the actor switching it up and jumping into roles we never would've seen him in 15-20 years ago. Overall, this looks engaging, but not necessarily a must-see. It's going to have to really "knock it out of the park" to lure me into a dark theater, but I never say never. Except for SMURFS. Never. Ever.

Check it out:

Here's the featurette:

Here's the synopsis:

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.

42, starring Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Alan Tudyk, John C. McGinley, and Kelley Jackle is slated to play ball on April 12, 2013.

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