For quite some time, I have been hoping that Harrison would make a drastic transition in his career. In the trailer for 42, the upcoming biopic about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, it looks like he is finally taking a step in that direction. It looks as if Harrison will be doing his first real acting in a decade. While some people might have trouble getting past Harrison Ford doing something that isn’t, well, Harrison Ford, I’ve always found him to be the best when he is taking on a role that is slightly on the eccentric side – roles such as those in films such as Peter Weir’s The Mosquito Coast, Roman Polanski’s Frantic, and, of course, Blade Runner. I remain hopeful (as I always am with a new movie with Harrison Ford), especially since he hasn’t made a worthwhile movie since 1997′s Air Force One (although I actually appreciate his much maligned 2002 film K-19, even if he, Neeson, and Kathryn Bigelow didn’t quite pull it off).
As for the trailer, it actually looks pretty slick. Brian Helgeland, director of Payback (a movie I like an awful lot) and screenwriter of films such as L.A. Confidential, Mystic River, Man on Fire, and Green Zone, is doing double duties here also as writer and director. Chadwick Boseman, a relatively unknown actor who has primarily done bit TV roles up to this point, looks as if he is going to nail the part of Jackie. The film also co-stars Alan Tudyk, Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black, T.R. Knight, and the gorgeous Nicole Beharie who really shined in 2011′s Shame.
So, yeah. I’m hopeful. What do you think of the trailer?