Legendary Pictures doesn't only make movies about fake superheroes, giant monsters, and crazy guys getting drunk - they also shine the spotlight on real heroes. Such is the case with the upcoming Jackie Robinson biopic 42, which will star Chadwick Boseman as the first African-American to play professional major league baseball. It's fitting that one day after the 65th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day in the real life big leagues (a day when all players wear the number 42 to honor Robinson's achievement), we've got another actor that's joined the cast.
The Hollywood Reporter says Grey's Anatomy star T.R. Knight will play Harold Parrott, "the Dodgers traveling secretary who has to deal with the repercussions of housing once Robinson joins the team." Knight joins an impressive cast that already includes Harrison Ford as the man who signs Robinson to the team, and The Walking Dead star Jon Bernthal as the pitcher of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Luck of the Irish and Final Destination 3 star Ryan Merriman also has a part.
Robinson breaking the color barrier in professional sports is an achievement that deserves to be explored on film, and thanks to Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (who is also directing), it looks like we're going to get a really great interpretation of those events when 42 hits theaters in 2013. Are you looking forward to seeing another sports biopic on the big screen? What's your favorite baseball movie?
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