At long last, the trailer for 42 went online this morning. I must say, I’ve been excited about this movie since I first heard about it. If this trailer is any indication of what we can expect (you know, and it doesn’t have ALL the good parts in it) then movie goers and baseball fans are in for a treat.
I haven’t heard of Chadwick Boseman outside of this project. That’s probably the best way to cast Jackie Robinson. If they had piced a major star, it would probably be too difficult to look past the celebrity and get into the character. On the other hand, Harrison Ford has absolutely buried himself in the part of Branch Rickey. Had I knot know it was Ford and been scrutinizing him too closely, I never would have recognized him.
This movie being a period piece, another concern I’ve had was it’s level of authenticity. From what I gathered in the trailer, 42 does look and feel like it happened 68 years ago. I’ve read that they filmed in Birmingham‘s Rickwood Field, among other historic ballparks, but I’m sure the movie will include a CG Ebbets Field.
As much as I don’t want the 2012 baseball season to end, I can’t wait till Jackie Robinson day 2013, when this movie hits theaters.