Universal Sets ‘42’ Star Chadwick Boseman To Play James Brown

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 5:42pm PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Universal Pictures has found its James Brown. They’ve set Chadwick Boseman, who just played iconic  Brooklyn Dodgers second baseman Jackie Robinson in 42. The Help‘s Tate Taylor is directing the film. Imagine Entertainment‘s Brian Read More »

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Obama Not Attending Friday’s Young Hollywood Fundraiser

By | Monday June 25, 2012 @ 7:42pm PDT

President Barack Obama will not be coming to LA on Friday for his Gen44 fundraiser after all. Instead of coming to town, Obama will be sending surrogates to the June 29 evening event at Soho House. … Read More »

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Obama Wants Jackie Robinson Pic Set Visit

Legendary Entertainment chief Thomas Tull tells Deadline that President Obama is hoping to drop by  the set of the Jackie Robinson biopic 42 on Tuesday. The President on June 26th will be appearing at fundraisers in Atlanta, where Legendary’s film is … Read More »

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Nicole Beharie To Play Jackie Robinson’s Love In ’42′

By | Tuesday February 14, 2012 @ 10:08am PST

42 is the biopic of Jackie Robinson, the first black major league baseball player. Nicole Beharie will play the role of Rachel Isum, Robinson’s life love. Legendary Pictures will bring 42 to the screen. Last year Beharie starred … Read More »

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Chris Meloni To Play Leo Durocher In Jackie Robinson Film ‘42’

By | Wednesday February 1, 2012 @ 2:54pm PST
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: Chris Meloni has been set to play Leo Durocher in 42, the Brian Helgeland-directed biopic for legendary Pictures about Jackie Robinson and the breaking of baseball’s color line. Chadwick Boseman is playing Robinson, … Read More »

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TOLDJA! Harrison Ford Set To Play Branch Rickey In Jackie Robinson Film ’42′

By | Friday December 9, 2011 @ 4:36pm PST
Mike Fleming

Deadline revealed yesterday that Legendary Pictures was courting Harrison Ford to play Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers GM who with Jackie Robinson broke the color line in baseball in 1947. Legendary has announced that Ford is set, and that … Read More »

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Legendary Courts Harrison Ford To Play Branch Rickey In Jackie Robinson Film ’42′

By | Thursday December 8, 2011 @ 8:42am PST
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Legendary Pictures is courting Harrison Ford to play Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey in 42, the Brian Helgeland-directed chronicle of how Rickey and Jackie Robinson eradicated segregation in baseball in 1947. Helgeland has written a script after Legendary jump-started a long dormant project in collaboration with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson. The film’s being produced by Legendary’s Thomas Tull with Jon Jashni and Dick Cook exec producing. The film will be released by Warner Bros.

Numerous top actors have been mentioned for the Rickey role, including Robert Redford, who was attached a decade ago when the project was first contemplated. Now, it looks like it’s Ford’s role if he wants it, and while he has been mentioned for a number of projects including Ender’s Game, here he would be playing the man who with Robinson was the catalyst for the most groundbreaking event to occur in sports in the 20th century.

It wasn’t enough to decide to break baseball’s color line; Rickey had to search for the right player and qualities that went beyond hitting, fielding, speed and a throwing arm. Read More »

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