Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford
Directed by: Brian Helgeland
Brian Helgeland has always been better as a writer than as a director. Try holding up his Oscar-nominated screenplay for "Mystic River" or his Oscar-winning screenplay for "L.A. Confidential" up against middling directorial efforts like "Payback," "A Knight's Tale" or "The Order," and the proof is in the pudding.
As a director, Helgeland moves up to the big leagues with ...
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The Family Theater in the East Wing of the White House plays host to a lot of movies, the Obamas being huge film buffs, but according to Variety the new Jackie Robinson biopic "42" has received special commendation from First Lady Michelle Obama.
"We think that everybody in this country needs to watch this movie," Obama told high school kids and media gathered for a special screening event with Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, director Brian Helgeland and Legendary Pictures big kahuna Thomas Tull.
That's a pretty ringing endorsement for the picture, which depicts Robinson's breaking of the color line to become the first
However, Boseman's no stranger to playing sports legends onscreen. He appeared as running back Floyd "The Franchise" Little in "The Express," a movie about footballer Ernie Jones. Jones was another big breaker of the color barrier in that he was the first African-American to take home the Heisman.
This role is definitely a bit of a coup of Boseman; it had attracted the interest of Columbus Short from "Stomp the Yard" and "Death at a Funeral," as well as Michael B. Jordan, a fan favorite from "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood." Jordan was also in the incredible HBO series "The Wire" as Wallace,
Chadwick Boseman will depict the iconic baseball star in Untitled Jackie Robinson Project, paying tribute to the legacy and impact Robinson made when he became the first African American Major League Baseball player.
Harrison Ford will star as Branch Rickey, the innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for breaking Mlb's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract in 1945. Two years later, at the start of the 1947 major league baseball season, Jackie Robinson was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers major league baseball team with the help of Branch Rickey. Branch Rickey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.
Chadwick Boseman is best known for his performance in Universal Pictures' The Express. Chadwick Boseman
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