From Hoosiers to Rudy, real life sports stories have always made for great movies. We all love rooting for the underdog – the more difficult the challenge, the better.That’s why the first trailer for the new film, 42, is so compelling.

The film tells the story of baseball legend Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first black player in Major League Baseball, who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and helped usher in a new era for baseball at a time when racial segregation was still the norm.

In addition to showing Robinson’s difficult transition into the Dodgers organization, 42 also focuses on his relationship with Dodgers manager Branch Rickey (played by Harrison Ford). Rickey, who made the controversial decision to bring Robinson to the Dodgers, was an innovative baseball mind who recognized that bringing in players from the Negro Leagues was not only morally right, but would also improve the game.

I’m a sucker for sports movies, so I was especially impressed by this trailer. Jackie Robinson’s story is incredibly inspiring and the casting here seems spot-on, particularly Boseman and Ford as the two leads. With the obvious exception of Clint Eastwood, can anybody give an old man growl like Harrison Ford?

Boseman’s career thus far has mostly comprised guest spots on TV shows, but he looks good in this film. Interestingly, one of Boseman’s few film credits is in the true life sports film The Express, about Ernie Davis, the first black football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Hopefully, 42 is a stepping stone for the actor to do more film work.

42 is directed by Brian Helgeland, the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, and countless other great films. Helgeland’s directing credits are fewer, but still strong (including Payback, A Knight’s Tale, and The Order).

What do you think of this trailer? Are you excited to see Jackie Robinson’s story told on the big screen?

42 hits theaters on April 12th, 2013.