According to Deadline, Legendary Pictures has engaged in talks with Harrison ford (Cowboys & Aliens, Star Wars, Presumed Innocent) to play Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey in 42.
Brian Helgeland (Mystic River, LA Confidential, Payback) has written the script and he will also tackle directing duties. The true story will revolve around how Rickey and Jackie Robinson ended segregation in baseball in 1947.
Helgeland wrote the script after Legendary kick-started a long dormant project in collaboration with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson.
Many top names have been rumored to play Rickey, including Robert Redford, who was once attached to the project more than a decade ago. Now, it looks like it will be Ford’s role if he so chooses… the man, along with Robinson, was responsible for the most groundbreaking event to occur in sports in the 20th century, sounds like a gig most actors would drool over.
Helgeland’s last script was 2010’s Robin Hood, that same year he also wrote Green Zone for Paul Greengass (United 93, The Bourne Ultimatum).
His next script is Here There Be Monsters, a fantasy/sc-fi project for 42 producer Thomas Tull. The premise revolves around a British Naval Officer who’s hired by a rich shipping magnate to investigate the disappearance of his merchant ships in the North Atlantic, only to discover a giant sea monster is the reason.
Helgeland’s last directing effort was The Order which came out back in 2003 and starred the late Heath Ledger, who Helgeland had worked with previously on A Knight’s Tale.