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First Look: Chadwick Boseman & Nicole Beharie In Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson Film '42'

by Simon Dang
May 23, 2012 9:40 AM
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With production underway on Brian Helgeland's Jackie Robinson biopic "42," we now have a number of set photos that provide us our first looks at newcomer Chadwick Boseman and "Shame" star Nicole Beharie respectively portraying Robinson and his wife, Rachel Isum.

The story, of course, centers the rise of Robinson, the first African-American baseballer in the Major League, and the controversy that surrounded the move, with another actor also added to the roster in Lucas Black (star of the original "Friday Night Lights" movie) who'll play shortstop Pee Wee Reese, a Dodgers player who embraced Robinson as soon as he joined. Cast also boasts Jon Bernthal as starting pitcher Ralph Branca, Christopher Meloni as in-fielder Leo Durocher, T.R. Knight as travelling secretary Harold Parrott, John C. McGinley as journalist Red Barber and Ryan Merriman as right-fielder Fred "Dixie" Walker.

No sign just yet of Harrison Ford, who plays Dodgers manager Branch Rickey, but the set pics do get the sport, and sport movie, fan in us very excited. There's also a couple of creepy mannequin pictures at the bottom which exhibit the production's cost-cutting methods -- instead of 5000 extras that you have to feed and manage, why not just rent 5000 inflatables to fill out a stadium? "42" will be in theaters April 12th next year. [BirminghamMail via Shadow&Act]

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  • Nawin Seetharaman | May 25, 2012 1:43 PMReply

    I am an Indian Bollywood (Tamil) Actor, proud to be part of this Amazing Hollywood Movie :) It's a Great opportunity for me. Good Luck for the Team !
    Nawin Seetharaman
    Chattanooga, TN (USA)

  • Austin Film Festival | May 25, 2012 1:16 PMReply

    Writer/director Brian Helgeland will be at the Austin Film Festival this October! Go to for more information!

  • Native Angeleno | May 23, 2012 12:39 PMReply

    Every still looks wrong. Jackie wouldn't stick his hands in his pockets in a still photo looking arrogantly at the camera. He was internally defiant, not externally, it's why Rickey chose him to break the color line. The photo of Rachel almost mugging for the camera would never have happened. She was sedate, self-controlled, not trying to look happy for the camera, EVER. The shot of the impersonator playing Jackie running to the next base doesn't look like his body language, which was hands flailing, body controlled. This film looks like it was made by folks not at all familiar with even the surface look of the principals, a slapdash and forgettable bioflick.

  • BB | June 3, 2012 5:35 PM

    Sorry. Have to agree with NA. These may be behind the scene shots but the actors are being filmed which is clear. Not inspired by any of them, especially of the actor playing Jackie running the bases in the first shot. None of the correct mannerisms including the tongue sticking out. Not exactly a trait of the great Jackie Robinson. Hope they know what they're doing but I doubt it.

  • skoob | May 23, 2012 2:13 PM

    OR: They're not stills, they're behind the scenes photos, and you're overreacting.

  • JoJo | May 23, 2012 11:43 AMReply

    So many mistakes in this! Leo Durocher was a manager in the 1940s. He was retired as a player. Branch Rickey wasn't the Dodgers' manager, he was their President and General Manager.

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