Though we’ve seen plenty of great (and some not so great) sports biopics over the last 20 years, there’s still a laundry list of sports legends who haven’t seen their story told on the big screen.
Of course, some legends have more compelling life stories to tell than others, but one player with one of the most famous and historically significant stories is Jackie Robinson. Fortunately, his story is being be told in the upcoming film 42.
We got our first look at the film a few months back when the debut trailer was released and could tell right away that 42 could be one of those underdog tearjerkers that becomes an instant fan favorite. While that trailer got us pumped up, the latest one gives us more insight into Robinson’s early life and the adversity he faced in becoming the first African-American to join Major League Baseball.
If you’re not familiar with Robinson’s story, you get the cliff notes during the two-and-a-half minute clip. This trailer provides more of the film’s narrative arc and Robinson’s character arc as well. At first, Robinson wants to fight back against the racism that stands in the way of him making history, but with determination and some help from a progressive baseball executive, he is able to rise above it.
The film’s promise is further bolstered by its cast, which includes Harrison Ford as the aforementioned baseball exec Branch Rickey, Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU) as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher and John C. McGinley (Scrubs) as legendary sportscaster Red Barber. Relative unknown Chadwick Boseman (Persons Unknown) takes on the central role as Robinson, but with what we’ve seen so far, he appears capable of carrying the movie.
One can only wonder why filmmakers haven’t tackled a story with so much historic importance sooner, but there’s no doubt that it had to be a challenging undertaking. The subject matter alone makes it a heavy film, which some directors might have trouble balancing. Fortunately, 42 was written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who won a Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 1997 for L.A. Confidential and received plenty of praise for his screenplay for Mystic River, another challenging and heavy drama.
What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Will you be watching 42 in the theaters?
42 hits theaters April 12th, 2013.