On Friday we reported that Harrison Ford was being eyed to star as Baseball executive Branch Rickey in a biopic of the sport’s first African American Major League player, Jackie Robinson. Over the weekend it emerged who will play the main role, with Variety reporting that relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman taking the role.
Boseman will depict the iconic play, paying tribute to the legacy and impact Robinson made when he became the first African American Major League Baseball player. Ford’s role is playing the innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for breaking the colour barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract in 1945. Two years later, at the start of the 1947 major league baseball season, Jackie Robinson was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers major league baseball team with the help of Branch Rickey.
Chadwick Boseman is best known for his performance in Universal Pictures’ The Express and has just completed a lead in the independent feature, The Kill Hole. On television he was a regular on the NBC series Persons Unknown.
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