Hero is a word we hear often in sports, but heroism is not always about achievements on the field of play. “42” tells the story of two men—the great Jackie Robinson and trailblazing Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey—whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.
From Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”) comes the real-life drama “42,” starring Chadwick Boseman (“The Express”) as Jackie Robinson and Oscar® nominee Harrison Ford (“Witness”) as Branch Rickey.
CHADWICK BOSEMAN (Jackie Robinson) made his feature film debut in Gary Fleder’s 2008 drama “The Express,” playing football great Floyd Little. He more recently starred in the independent psychological post-war drama “The Kill Hole.”
A native of South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and also attended the prestigious British American Drama Academy at Oxford. He then began his career in the theatre as a playwright, director and actor.
Boseman wrote the plays “Deep Azure,” which was nominated for a 2006 Jeff Award for Best New Play; “Hieroglyphic Graffiti,” which was produced at the National Black Theatre Festival and the Hip Hop Theatre Festival; and, as co-writer, “Rhyme Deferred,” which appears in the Hip Hop Theatre anthology “The Fire This Time.”
In addition, Boseman has directed such plays as “Dutchman,” “Wine in the Wilderness,” “Indian Summer,” “Spear in the Sun,” “The Colored Museum” and “Six Hits.”
For the screen, he wrote, directed and executive produced the short film “Blood Over a Broken Pawn,” which won the Jury Award for Short Film at the 2008 Hollywood Black Film Festival. He more recently directed and executive produced the short “Heaven.”
His theatre acting credits include “Romeo and Juliet,” “Macbeth,” “Breathe,” “Learning Curve,” “Willie’s Cut and Shine,” “Rhyme Deferred,” “Bootleg Blues,” “Zooman and the Sign,” and “Urban Transitions,” for which he won an AUDELCO Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Boseman began getting his foot in the door on television with guest starring roles on such series as “Fringe,” “Justified,” “ER” and “Law & Order,” as well as the daytime drama “All My Children.” He was later cast as Graham McNair on the FOX mystery drama “Persons Unknown,” created and executive produced by Christopher McQuarrie.
Segment Journalist: Shawn Edwards, Twitter @SEdwardsKC