Warner Brothers has officially set a tentative release date for the Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Eurweb.com has reported that Chadwick Boseman will play the iconic baseball player in the Brian Helgeland flick which will also feature Harrison Ford as the Dodgers’ legendary general manager Branch Rickey. The movie is set to be released in the second week of April to coincide with the Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day. The day takes place each year on April 15th to commemorate Robinson’s first game in the MLB in 1947.

Warner Bros. has set a tentative date for the release of “42,” the Jackie Robinson biopic being made with Legendary Pictures.

The Brian Helgeland-directed film will open April 12, 2013, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The release is timed to coincide with Major League Baseball’s Jackie Robinson Day, held every April 15 to commemorate the date in 1947 when Robinson broke the MLB color barrier by playing his first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

As previously reported, Chadwick Boseman is portraying Robinson, and Harrison Ford is playing Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey, who signed Robinson.
42 is set to start production May 14 in Birmingham, Ala. It also will shoot in Atlanta and Macon, Ga., as well as Chattanooga, Tenn. The city’s Engel Stadium will double for Brooklyn’s long-gone Ebbets Field.

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