Who Should Play Jackie Robinson In Brian Helgeland's Biopic? (Survey)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 2, 2011 4:04 AM
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I'm a little busy today with a number of other items, so entries will be slow-coming for a little while. I figured a survey would be a good way to keep you folks busy until then :)

So, as was announced yesterday, Brian Helgeland and Legendary Pictures are developing a new film based on history’s most celebrated baseball figure, Jackie Robinson, in collaboration with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson.

The survey question is, who should be cast to play Jackie Robinson? As I've said before, when it comes to biopics, I'd prefer that they cast unknowns; but, given the expected size of this project, I'm guessing they'd go with someone who's somewhat known - although not necessarily an A-lister.

I'd have to do some research to find out who Spike Lee was considering for the decade or so that he tried to get the film produced. I'd guess Denzel Washington was high on his list, since they worked together a few times during those years.

But who would make your short list?

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17 Comments

  • joyce taylor | June 4, 2011 10:08 AMReply

    I agree with the majority! Derek Luke. Anthony Mackie, Denzel, Morgan Freeman, Ving Rhames, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Terrence Blanchard, Bill Nunn, Bill Duke, uhm--no. (Hollywood will stretch, if you know what I mean.)

    So many had already beat me to the punch but it's worth repeating; Derek Luke.

  • joyce taylor | June 4, 2011 10:06 AMReply

    I agree with the majority! Derek Luke. Anthony Mackie, Denzel, Morgan Freeman, Ving Rhames, Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Terrence Blanchard, Bill Nunn, Bill Duke, uhm--no. (Hollywood will stretch, if you know what I mean.)

    So many had already beat me to the punch but it's worth repeating; Derek Luke.

  • Shirley Mae | June 3, 2011 9:17 AMReply

    Yeah, I saw that Stephen Hill guy play him in a documentary. He was really good. Looks like him too.

  • HAMMBONE | June 3, 2011 9:04 AMReply

    DEREK LUKE IS THE BEST CHOICE WITH ROB BROWN A SOLID SECOND. DENZEL IS TOO OLD TO PAY JACKIE ROBINSON NOW. I HEARD SPIKE LEE WANTED WESLEY SNIPES WHEN HE TRIED TO GET THE JACKIE BIOPIC MADE.

  • Oyan | June 3, 2011 8:49 AMReply

    Isiaha Washington. Richard T. Jones
    Denzel Washington, may be a bit 'too mature'.

  • cc | June 3, 2011 5:07 AMReply

    It'll probably end up being Tyler Perry. Just like Alex Cross. So accept the inevitable ladies and gents.

  • Quentin | June 3, 2011 3:58 AMReply

    Derek Luke!

  • Aaron | June 3, 2011 2:25 AMReply

    Derek Luke has the right look - But Anthony Mackie would be a better drawn.

  • MulletLove | June 3, 2011 2:23 AMReply

    Brian McKnight probably favors Jackie Robinson the most--but then, he's a singer, huh? My bad...

  • toshi | June 3, 2011 1:22 AMReply

    Curtiss Cook would be great

  • Naima | June 2, 2011 7:19 AMReply

    Laz Alonso. No question!

  • Joy Sellars | June 2, 2011 7:16 AMReply

    Up and coming actor STEPHEN HILL!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zwts_afVqow&feature=youtu.be

  • Cordell Martin | June 2, 2011 5:33 AMReply

    I think Derek Luke would be the best choice. Here are some other possibles
    Nate Parker, Idris Elba, Anthony Mackie, Aldis Hodge (Leverage), Mechad Brooks, Rob Brown, Anthony Mackie or Michael B. Jordan.

  • Vanessa | June 2, 2011 4:57 AMReply

    yah Derek Luke! I like him.

  • urbanauteur | June 2, 2011 4:49 AMReply

    Its a long shot, maybe-brit actor>Andrien Lester?

  • Retrokidbk83 | June 2, 2011 4:38 AMReply

    My first guess was Denzel because of th similar builds & similarities in voices........WILL....Derek Luke.....Morris Chestnut even if you gonna have alot of on the field scenes......or an up and coming actor could get a shot @ it.

  • Yoshi | June 2, 2011 4:33 AMReply

    I think Denzel would be a good pick. I'd also like to see Derek Luke play the part.

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