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Jackie Robinson will be the focus of this spring's new biopic '42'

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As portrayed by the Google Doodle, baseball player Jackie Robinson would have turned 94 today, but the biopic coming out in April about his life and his struggle to survive as he played in the baseball major leagues will take its title from a different number – “42,” Robinson’s famous jersey numeral.

“42” stars “The Express” actor Chadwick Boseman as Robinson and Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, an executive in major league baseball who was responsible for bringing Robinson onto the Brooklyn Dodgers. John C. McGinley of the TV show “Scrubs” will play broadcaster Walter “Red” Barber, “Law and Order: SVU” actor Christopher Meloni will portray Dodgers manager Leo Durocher and actress Nicole Beharie (also of “The Express”) will play Robinson’s wife Rachel Isum.

The best-known adaptation of Robinson’s life before now was the 1950 film “The Jackie Robinson Story,” in which Robinson played himself in the story of how he broke the color barrier in baseball. The second baseman (though he started his time on the Dodgers on first base) starred as himself eight years after the film about Lou Gehrig’s life, “The Pride of the Yankees,” featured New York Yankees Babe Ruth, Bill Dickey, Mark Koenig, and Bob Meusel playing themselves. 

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