Jackie Robinson Film In Development: Who Should Play The Lead?

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  1. Edwin Pereyra

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    From Variety:


    Now, as for the lead...

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    I remembered that years ago, Spike Lee wanted to direct a picture about Robinson with Denzel Washington in the lead, but he couldn't get the financing. If a movie is made today, a younger and maybe a non-famous actor would be best.
     
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    Paul Newman has been looking for a final project, and supposedly wants to work with Redford again.[​IMG]

    Seriously though, I think it should be an unknown. I think it would work much better for this kind of a movie. It will make it easier for the audience to sympathize with what he had to go through.
     
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    There was a version of his life story made all the way back in 1950, which I haven't seen. The lead role was played by quite a recognizable figure.
     
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    Well, Kevin Costner has always wanted to do another baseball movie. [​IMG]

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    I've heard Wesley Snipes too.[​IMG] Actually, about 10 years ago he would've been a good choice for the role.







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    Interesting.

    There was an fabulous HBO movie called Soul of the Game made back in 1996 that followed the history of African-American integration into MLB. Link to IMDB.

    It starred Blair Underwood as Jackie Robinson, Delroy Lindo as Sachel Paige and Mykelti Williamson as Josh Gibson.

    Also, Edward Herrmann played Branch Rickey.

    It was very well done, and while the Jackie Robinson story is the one that gets the headlines, I thought that the stories of Sachel Paige and Josh Gibson were much more compelling, as they were arguably the two best players in the Negro Leagues (especially Gibson), but both had a lot of personal baggage that prevented them from being the player to "break the barrier."

    I wonder if their stories will be portraid in the new film...
     
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    I still think that Denzel would be the great choice for the lead. I think Joe Morton is ready for a lead role and would be a great choice too.
     
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    I think both Denzel and Joe Morton are too long in the tooth to play a role of a 27 year old man. Ten years ago, maybe, but not now.







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    So, whoever they get to play the lead will probably the same one to portray his 10-year life span leading up to that day in 1947 (April 15). Washington and Morton would have a hard time convincing me as a 20-year old prodigy. [​IMG]

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    Of the young actors that are out there today, Derek Luke does have the range to play this part, unless the producers go for a newcomer.

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    Spike tried for years to make this. I'm sure Redford will make a good film, but I'd rather see this as a Spike Lee Joint.
     
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    But what about this guy (Nick Cannon)?

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    That trick editing in Drumline sure made him look good. [​IMG]

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    Going by body styles and facial similarities, I think Luke fits the bill better than Cannon, who has a thin body and face.
     
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    I vote for 50 cents.

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    What? no Will Smith?
     
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    This may be an uncastable role. When baseball voted the greatest event of the 20th century the myopic public choose a contempory event, Cal Ripkin's streak I think.

    Jackie breaking the color barier makes any accomplishment of Babe Ruth small in comparison. If it were a "hey Jackie, welcome aboard, glad you make it, been too long," then the accomplishment may have not been that significant. But what Robinson had to endure and still contribute on the playing field is almost beyond imagination.

    Viewers wanting a great story may get bored with the baseball aspects. Baseball fans will not be happy with anything less than a period look and a dedication to covering significant games and seasons, stuff that bores non fans.

    I fear any movie may not do justice to the subject.
     
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    Derek Luke or Dule Hill if older then perhaps

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