When it comes to sports icons, Jackie Robinson is pretty much at the top of the list. That's because Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, didn't just change sports, he changed American society. So does the brand new trailer for "42" do justice to the man who helped bring justice to our national pastime? Does it, to use a familiar sports cliche, hit a home run?
Hey, man, this is Jackie Robinson. The trailer steals home.
And it does it in style.
Powered by Jay-Z's love letter to his home town, "Brooklyn Go Hard," the trailer for "42" features Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, with Harrison Ford on board in the role of Brooklyn Dodgers general manager branch Rickey. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, who won an Oscar for writing the screenplay to "L.A. Confidential," the film looks to be filled with authentic period touches, strong performances and even stronger visuals.
Jackie Robinson was so influential that his number 42 was across the entire major leagues. Will "42" end up earning as many honors when it hits theaters on April 12? Check it out, courtesy of indieWire, and see a legend in the making: