'42' trailer: The historic story of Jackie Robinson, 'a black man in white baseball' -- VIDEO
It’s a dramatic American true story — about as dramatic as they come, really. But the tale of Jackie Robinson, the first black man to play Major League Baseball, has only made it to the big screen one time, in 1950, with Robinson playing himself. That is, until this April, when 42 arrives in theaters with newcomer Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager who signed Robinson in 1945.
The new trailer for the film, written and directed by Brian Helgeland (Payback, A Knight’s Tale), makes clear Robinson’s road to the Dodgers’ dugout was fraught with racist players, referees, even fellow teammates — as well as the impossible pressures that accompany becoming a national role model. But thanks in part to Jay-Z’s thumping anthem “Brooklyn Go Hard,” the trailer also makes clear Robinson’s story has the potential to deliver the goosebumps of triumph and inspiration. Check it out below: