With all the sports biopics we’ve seen over the years, and given the tremendous impact that Jackie Robinson had on American sports, you’d think that we’d have seen his story told on the big screen at least a few hundred times by now. Strangely, although there have been a ton of made-for-TV movies and a few documentaries over the years, as far as I can tell the only major retelling of the Jackie Robinson story on the big screen was the 1950 film that starred the man himself. Now writer-director Brian Helgeland (Payback, A Knight’s Tale) is attempting to rectify that situation with his upcoming movie 42.
The movie stars Chadwick Boseman (Persons Unknown) in the lead role, with Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey and Alan Tudyk playing Phillies manager Ben Chapman. Although you might assume this would be pure Oscar bait material, the movie isn’t actually coming out until next April. The trailer also uses a Jay-Z track to inject a bit of a modern feel, although it’s unclear if the movie will also use contemporary music. 42 hits theatres on April 12th, 2013; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.