|The Los Angeles Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “42.”|
|Tuesday, April 9th|
|TCL CHINESE THEATER|
|Crew Arrivals: 5:00pm||6925 Hollywood Blvd.|
|Arrivals: 6:00pm||Los Angeles, CA 90028|
From the film: stars Chadwick Boseman, Harrison Ford, Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater, Ryan Merriman, John C. McGinley, T.R. Knight and Brad Beyer; writer/director Brian Helgeland; producer Thomas Tull. Additional guests to be announced.
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.
In 1947, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball’s infamous color line. But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing blatant racism from every side, even his own team, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey’s hopes. Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking—ultimately winning over fans and his teammates, silencing his critics, and paving the way for others to follow. In 1997, Major League Baseball retired the number 42 for all teams, making it the first number in sports to be universally retired. The only exception is every year on April 15th—Jackie Robinson Day. On that day alone, players from every team proudly wear the number 42 to honor the man who altered the course of history.
Written and directed by Helgeland, the film is produced by Thomas Tull, with Dick Cook, Jon Jashni, and Jason Clark serving as executive producers, and Darryl Pryor and Jillian Zaks co-producing. The main cast also includes Nicole Beharie, Christopher Meloni, Andre Holland, Lucas Black, Hamish Linklater and Ryan Merriman.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures present, a Legendary Pictures Production, a Brian Helgeland film, “42.” The film opens on April 12, 2013, in time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day. The film has been rated PG-13 for thematic elements including language.
For further information, please contact:
Broadcast: Loraine Valverde (818) 954-6292 Print: Allegra Haddigan (818) 954-3781
Photo: Dustin Wissmiller (818) 954-6585 Online: Anne Chun (818) 954-4601
International: Torry Bel Bruno (818) 954-3235
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42 opens nationwide on April 12, 2013.