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Harrison Ford Wanted For 42
The Jackie Robinson biopic

08 December 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Harrison Ford Wanted For 42

While Legendary Pictures might not yet have found the right person to play baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42, the film about the most important events of his life, the company appears to close to locking in the man to play Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey: Harrison Ford.

Rickey sliced through the famous colour barrier in 1947 by deciding to hire Robinson, who had been a star of the Kansas City Chiefs but had been barred from the major leagues because of racism. Spotting that he had the will to overcome bigots in both the stands and the dugout, Rickey broke with tradition and brought him aboard.

Director Brian Helgeland has been looking for someone to play Rickey, with Robert Redford among those mentioned as likely candidates. Now, though, Ford has been offered the role. He’s in demand at the moment between this, Black Hats and Gavin Hood trying to snag him for Ender’s Game.

Helgeland has written the script for the movie, which is named after Robinson's jersey number, and Legendary Boss (a big Robinson fan) is busy developing it with the help of Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow. There’s no word on when it’ll start shooting.


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Not surprised
that Ford is in demand again. Just saw Cowboys & Aliens again and was surprised at just how much of a return to form it was for him. There was more life in that supporting role than there was in all of the last Indy atrocity. Ideally I'd like to see him do a proper Western, or play the old Hemingway, but this sounds a good fit too. Here's hoping for a new lease of life from him in his autumn years... More

Posted by artilleryman at 12:59 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

home run!
This is what we need! Sorry, if you're a Harrison Ford fan this is what you need. He's basically made for this movie - Redford would've been a great choice too with his baseball-movie past with The Natural (under rated movie) - but this sounds just so cool. It'll give Ford some real juicy dialog no doubt and he won't have to be swinging about on a whip to make a point (always welcome though!) Make this movie Mr Ford, it sounds like something that could really be very cool indeed, maybe - i More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 12:29 on 09 December 2011 | Report This Post

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