Legendary Pictures announced today that it has cast Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford to star in the company's film based upon history's most celebrated baseball figure, Jackie Robinson.

Chadwick Boseman will depict the iconic baseball star in Untitled Jackie Robinson Project, paying tribute to the legacy and impact Robinson made when he became the first African American Major League Baseball player.

Harrison Ford will star as Branch Rickey, the innovative Major League Baseball executive who is best known for breaking MLB's color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to a minor league contract in 1945. Two years later, at the start of the 1947 major league baseball season, Jackie Robinson was signed to the Brooklyn Dodgers major league baseball team with the help of Branch Rickey. Branch Rickey was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1967.

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Chadwick Boseman is best known for his performance in Universal Pictures' The Express. Chadwick Boseman also just completed a lead in the independent feature The Kill Hole. On television he was a regular on the NBC series Persons Unknown.

Harrison Ford most recently starred in Cowboys & Aliens and is best known for starring in the Indiana Jones and Star Wars franchises as well as Air Force One and The Fugitive. Harrison Ford was a Best Actor Oscar® nominee for his role in the 1985 feature film Witness.

Brian Helgeland (A Knight's Tale) will write and direct, with Legendary's Chairman and CEO, Thomas Tull, producing, and Legendary's Chief Creative Officer and President, Jon Jashni, serving as executive producer. Dick Cook, former Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, will also serve as an executive producer. Legendary worked early on in development with Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, to ensure the movie adaptation of the famed player's story is authentic.

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