jackie robinson (screenshot from trailer)*The first trailer for “42,” the long in limbo biopic of legendary second baseman Jackie Robinson, has finally been released by Warner Bros. ahead of its Spring 2013 release in theaters.

Chadwick Boseman plays the barrier-breaking legend, who in 1947 became the first black Major League ballplayer and eventually hit and fielded his way into Cooperstown.

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Joining the relative unknown is a much more famous supporting, including Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the daring general manager who signed Robinson, and Christopher Meloni as Leo Durocher, the Dodgers’ manager in the 1940’s and 50’s.

The Brian Helgeland-directed picture will hit theaters in April, right around the start of the 2013 baseball season.