Chadwick Boseman

*Chadwick Boseman, a relatively fresh face to the big screen, has been recruited to play the role of legendary baseball player and civil right leader Jackie Robinson in an upcoming movie called “42.”

“42” is a biopic about Robinson,  the first African American ballplayer in Major League Baseball, who made his debut in 1947. 42 is also the number of the legendary baseball icon’s uniform.

Also starring in the film is Harrison Ford, who’ll play the role of Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Robinson.

This will be the biggest role so far in Boseman’s career. He’s best known for roles in “Fringe,” “Justified,” and “Castle.” He was actually featured in a movie about another sports legend: 2008’s “The Express,” the biopic of Syracuse University running back Ernie Davis. Boseman played Floyd Little.

Jackie Robinson heroically dealt with straight up racism from fellow ballplayers and fans alike, not only succeeding in breaking down racial barriers, but proving himself one of the best players of his generation. A career .311 hitter, Robinson won the 1947 Rookie of the Year award, the 1949 NL MVP and earned election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. His number, 42, is retired throughout Major League Baseball.

Jackie Robinson