Trailer for Jackie Robinson biopic ‘42’ released (Video)

By Daniel S Levine,

The trailer for 42, the film that tells the true story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player to play in the MLB in 1947, hit the web on Thursday.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that the project has had trouble getting off the ground, with there being several failed attempts at filming Robinson’s story in the past. Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. finally got the project together, with Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who broke the color barrier by bringing Robinson to the team. Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson and Chris Meloni plays the team’s manager, Leo Durocher.

The film was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar for co-writing L.A. Confidential. It hits theaters on April 13, 2013, right as the baseball season starts.

The trailer uses Jay-Z’s “Brooklyn Go Hard,” making it the third recent Warner Bros. trailer to use an anachronistic song from the rapper, reports The Huffington Post. Trailers for both Gangster Squad and The Great Gatsby used Jay-Z tracks.



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