Legendary Pictures has released the new trailer for 42, the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic. 42 tells Robinson’s story, as the first black man to play in the major leagues.
Jackie Robinson was the first African American player on a Major League baseball team. In his rookie season, he had 12 homeruns, 29 steals and a .347 batting avg. As a result of his first year success, the Brooklyn Dodgers player was the most valuable player of the year. Robinson was instrumental in bringing an end to segregation in the professional baseball league. Prior to that point, regulations prohibited African Americans from playing in the major leagues.
42 stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Nicole Beharie as Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson. Harrison Ford co-stars as Branch Rickey in the film. Rickey is the Brooklyn Dodgers’ manager who made history by signing Robinson as the first black player of a Major League Baseball organization.
Brian Helgeland, who wrote 42, is directing.
42 is slated to hit theaters April 12, 2013.