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First look at Jackie Robinson movie '42' offered in film trailer

September 20, 2012|By Steve Dilbeck

Know how sometimes you want something to be so good, you are almost afraid it won't be?

Really, could they make a bad movie about Jackie Robinson?

Of course they could. They can make a bad movie about anything, and pretty much have. But the Robinson story is so compelling, so historic that they'd almost have to try.

And because the movie "42" is written and directed by Brian Helgeland, writer of the terrific "L.A. Confidential" screenplay, and stars Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, it seems fair to hold out hope that they will come close to nailing this one.

The role of Robinson is played by Chadwick Boseman, a relative newcomer to the big screen. He had a small part as Floyd Little in "The Express."

This is a sneak preview of the trailer, which hits screens Friday, and it offers only the briefest glimpse. It looks promising, or at least promising enough to hold out that hope.

The film is scheduled to open in April.

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