Harrison Ford cast in Jackie Robinson biopic

By Adam Frazier
Hollywoodnews.com: It’s official, Harrison Ford has signed on to play a role in “42,” the Jackie Robinson biopic written and directed by Brian Helgeland, produced by Legendary Pictures.

Ford will be playing Branch Rickey, the President and manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who integrated the sport by signing Jackie Robinson as the first African-American in Major League Baseball in 1947.

Deadline reported his casting on Thursday and Legendary sent a press release confirming his involvement Friday. Ford joins newcomer Chadwick Boseman who will play the Hall of Fame second baseman. Robinson won the inaugural Rookie of the Year award in 1947, the National League MVP two years later and a world series title in 1955 before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1962. MLB retired Robinson’s number, 42, across all teams in 1997.

Helgeland is best known as an Oscar-winning screenwriter, penning scripts for “L.A. Confidential,” “Mystic River,” and… “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.”

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