This weekend, the Clint Eastwood-starring baseball movie “Trouble with the Curve” opens and we’ll just tell you right now: it’s not very good. Somehow, it misses the the magic of the game that makes it the nation’s greatest pasttime, and tosses in not one, but two third-act twists that are there as lazy devices to wring audience sympathy. But before ‘Trouble’ starts, it looks like WB is going to show off an early look at next year’s baseball movie, and it might be a better investment of your movie ticket dollars.
The first trailer for “42” has dropped, and powered by Jay-Z‘s “Brooklyn Go Hard” (featuring Santigold) and some nice cinematography, the film presents the story of Jackie Robinson—the first baseball player to break the color barrier – but thankfully with a bit of grit to go with the sure-to-be inspiring story. Chadwick Boseman plays the legend himself, with a pretty solid supporting cast around him with Harrison Ford as grizzled Dodgers exec Branch Rickey, Nicole Beharie as Robinson’s wife, Jon Bernthal as starting pitcher Ralph Branca, Christopher Meloni as in-fielder Leo Durocher, T.R. Knight as travelling secretary Harold Parrott, John C. McGinley as journalist Red Barber and Ryan Merriman as right-fielder Fred “Dixie” Walker.
Written and directed by Brian Helgeland, “42” will drop just in time for the start of the 2013 season on April 12th. Watch below.