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Harrison Ford to play Branch Rickey in Jackie Robinson biopic

Dec 10, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

Harrison Ford AP AP

According to Spencer Fordin of, Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that Harrison Ford will play Hall of Fame Dodgers’ executive Branch Rickey in a biopic about Jackie Robinson.

Many prominent actors have been mentioned for the role of Rickey over the years, including Robert Redford this past April, but Ford was apparently their top choice. His work in “Cowboys and Aliens” probably put him over the top.

As for Robinson, he’ll be played by the relatively unknown Chadwick Boseman. The 27-year-old has appeared in television shows such as “Lincoln Heights” and NBC’s “Persons Unknown.”

The film, which is appropriated titled “42,” is being written and directed by Brian Helgeland of “L.A. Confidential” and “Mystic River” renown.

  1. mondzy805 - Dec 10, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    Great new. Can’t wait to see this.

    • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:29 PM

      Good for Legendary Pictures. They’ll have Jackie Robinson and Godzilla in the pipeline at the same time.

  2. jwbiii - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Harrison Ford doesn’t look a bit like Branch Rickey.

    Maybe Kevin Kline?
    But Ford has the gravitas to do the job.
    Oddly, both were featured driving badly early in their careers.

    • paul621 - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:40 PM

      Based on that picture, I could actually see Robin Williams pulling it off. (On looks only, that is.)

      • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM

        Robin Williams is a terrific and versatile actor. Stop thinking about Mork.

    • ironhawk - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:26 PM

      Usually for a biopic I say pick someone with the right personality over someone with the right look.

    • mrfloydpink - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:32 PM

      They should hire the guy who played the prison warden in Shawshank Redemption.

  3. Kevin S. - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    Random Dodger staffer: The odds of a Negro Leagues player successfully transitioning to the National League is approximately three thousand seven hundred and twenty-to-one!
    Rickey: Never tell me the odds!

  4. aceshigh11 - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    What the hell happened to Harrison Ford? He looks and acts like he’s on industrial-strength quantities of Valium 24/7 nowadays.

    Great actor and a legend, but he hasn’t done anything compelling since The Fugitive.

    • Kevin S. - Dec 10, 2011 at 1:40 PM

      Great actor and a legend, but he hasn’t done anything compelling since Air Force One.


      • Beau - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        Great actor and a legend, but he hasn’t done anything compelling since Six Days, Seven Nights.


      • clydeserra - Dec 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        that made it worse

      • aceshigh11 - Dec 10, 2011 at 6:30 PM

        Yeah, AF1 was pretty good, I’ll give you that.

        Still, that’s 12-13 years ago.

      • Old Gator - Dec 10, 2011 at 8:33 PM

        Great actor and a legend, but he hasn’t done anything compelling since Cowboys and Aliens. Dumb movie, great performance – it does happen. Anyone see Michael Moriarty in Q?

  5. crisisjunky - Dec 10, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Clooney (see Up in the Air) only guy to approach Rickey conversationally.
    Ironic droll Wilford Brimley as octogenarian Mahatma would be poetic

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