Sounds like the Jackie Robinson biopic that we told you about last week is getting ready to step up to the plate. The team behind "42" has apparently found its star with Chadwick Boseman, a young actor whose resumé mostly includes one-offs in TV shows like "Fringe" and "Justified."
However, Boseman's no stranger to playing sports legends onscreen. He appeared as running back Floyd "The Franchise" Little in "The Express," a movie about footballer Ernie Jones. Jones was another big breaker of the color barrier in that he was the first African-American to take home the Heisman.
This role is definitely a bit of a coup of Boseman; it had attracted the interest of Columbus Short from "Stomp the Yard" and "Death at a Funeral," as well as Michael B. Jordan, a fan favorite from "Friday Night Lights" and "Parenthood." Jordan was also in the incredible HBO series "The Wire" as Wallace, an youngster in the Baltimore drug scene who found out the hard way it's not all it's cracked up to be. Yep, it was a tearjerker.
With Harrison Ford in talks to play manager Branch Ricky of the Brooklyn Dodgers and its main star in place, things are finally falling into place. This project was announced last April with Robert Redford pegged to play Rickey; later, Jack Nicholson was reportedly attached to star. In our humble opinion, if Redford wasn't up for the gig, Ford is the best fit.
Legendary Pictures announced in June that Robinson's estate is also on board with the project. Brian Helgeland, who wrote the adaptations of "Man on Fire," "Mystic River," and "Green Zone," will direct his own original script. Smells like Oscar bait to us.