Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Download Ex Machina
Before the DVD release on 8th June
Win Premiere Tickets
To see Mission: Impossible in Vienna.
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Latest Ant-Man Trailer Jumps Online
''We should call the Avengers...''
Podcast 168: Hayley Atwell
Agent Carter, at your service
Exclusive New Deadpool Image
Say hello to Negasonic Teenage Warhead
New Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice Images
Chinny reckoning
Bryan Singer Teases New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Rogue Cut Footage
'This is not just an extended edition...'
Exclusive First Trailer For Spanish Thriller Marshland
The acclaimed serial killer mystery gets a poster too
Mark Wahlberg Joins Mile 22
Iko Uwais and Ronda Rousey already aboard
Simon Kinberg Talks Deadpool
''It’s graphic. Nothing is taboo...''
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
01 July 2015
Exclusive New Poster For Tom Hardy's Legend
Getting a little Kray-zy
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
18 December 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
Age Of Adaline (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Expendables 3 (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Paranoia (2014)
Empire Star Rating
Ender's Game (2013)
Empire Star Rating
42 (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Harrison Ford Wanted For 42
The Jackie Robinson biopic

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

submit to reddit

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.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Madagascar 3 Teaser Trailer Arrives
Europe's Most Wanted
Todd Field Accepts The Creed Of Violence
Update: He's got the funds to make it

Your Comments

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


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Mirror Match: 10 Movies Where Your Evil Twin Attacks
A new challenger enters… and it’s YOU (but with bad facial hair)

Please Explain! With Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Plus Emilia Clarke on pranks, smiles and 'The Robot'

Terminator Genisys: Empire's Verdict
It wants your clothes and your (re)boots

100 Greatest Movie Characters
Your all-time favourite heroes and villains exclusively revealed!

Bonfire Of The Vanities: When Personal Projects Go Wrong
15 hubristic horrors that went straight to movie jail

Hollywood Jackanory: Stars Reading Things Out Of Context
From Ian McKellen vs. One Direction to Hugh Jackman vs. baking innuendos

Before And After: How 10 Books Changed On Their Way To Becoming Movies
...And how their authors reacted

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month!

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device

Subscribe and save 44%

Subscribe now and save up to 67%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)