Release Dates for Jackie Robinson Biopic, 42, and LEGO

Posted by at 12:09 am on April 24, 2012

Warner Bros. has announced release dates for two upcoming projects. Their Jackie Robinson biopic 42 will arrive on April 12, 2013 while the family-friendly LEGO hits on February 28, 2014.

Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, 42 will star Harrison Ford, Chadwick Boseman, Christopher Meloni, Ryan Merriman, Brad Beyer, Toby Huss and T.R. Knight. Boseman will depict the iconic baseball star, paying tribute to the legacy and impact Robinson made when he became the first African American Major League Baseball player.

Ford will star as Branch Rickey, the innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for breaking MLB’s color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract in 1945. Two years later, at the start of the 1947 major league baseball season, Robinson was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers major league baseball team with the help of Rickey. Rickey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.

LEGO, meanwhile, arrives from the writer/director team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller (co-directing with Chris McKay). Based on the popular building blocks, the family comedy will mix live action and animation.

The new dates puts 42 up against the Evil Dead and LEGO in theaters just two weeks after Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers, the sequel to Lord and Miller’s Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

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