For decades, filmmakers from Robert Redford to Spike Lee have been trying to film the story of Jackie Robinson — who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, joining the Brooklyn Dodgers as the first African American to play in the major league since the 1800s. On Wednesday, Warner Bros.'s Legendary Pictures announced it had a cut deal with the Robinson estate to produce a biopic of the legendary first basemen, with Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale, L.A. Confidential screenplay) writing and directing. Now, the pivotal question is: Who will play Robinson? Here are some actors who've been mentioned for the role, as well as two who were considered years ago.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 3 horrific inaccuracies in Homeland's depiction of Islamabad
- Rise of the machines
- Gamergate has backfired spectacularly on its nincompoop perpetrators
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- It's time to kill school picture day
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- Why you should absolutely watch this confounding, wonderful World Series
- The uncomfortable truth in The Giving Tree
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
Subscribe to the Week