Belfast Telegraph

Robert Redford for baseball biopic

Robert Redford is to star in the true story of executive Branch Rickey who made history by signing black baseball player Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945.

The 74-year-old actor, producer, director and baseball lover - who starred in award-winning 80s baseball movie The Natural - is keen for people to see the story of the man responsible for helping break down the colour barrier in baseball.

Robert told the LA Times: "No one really knows the Rickey part, the political manoeuvres and the partnership they had to share. It's the story underneath the story you thought you knew."

L.A. Confidental and Mystic River writer Brian Helgeland will write and direct the film.

The biopic will focus on the relationship between Rickey and Robinson.

Rickey is a former player who also brought in other innovations to baseball including the use of equipment such as the batting helmet.

The part of Robinson, the second baseman who faced tremendous discrimination when he joined the Dodgers, has not yet been cast.

The last time Robert starred in a movie he didn't direct himself was six years ago, in Lasse Hallstrom's An Unfinished Life.


From Belfast Telegraph