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Chris Meloni To Play Leo Durocher In Jackie Robinson Film ‘42’

True Blood’s new cast member, Chris Meloni has been set to play Leo Durocher in 42, the Brian Helgeland-directed biopic for legendary Pictures about Jackie Robinson and the breaking of baseball’s color line.

He certainly resembles the young Durocher, see comparative photo below:

Chadwick Boseman is playing Robinson, and Harrison Ford is playing Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager who signed the second baseman and changed the world. Gersh-repped Meloni plays Leo the Lip Durocher, who was the Dodgers manager and who was an avid supporter of Robinson, and stuck up for him when he faced racism from crowds, and sometimes opposing even his own dugout. Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull is producing and chief creative officer Jon Jashni exec producing along with former Disney chairman Dick Cook. They’ve got Robinson’s widow, Rachel, consulting. (Getty Images photo of Durocher and Robinson when he was with the minor league Montreal Royals)

 

source: deadline.com

3 comments
Stephanie
Stephanie

I'm so excited about this movie! It's great Chris is going to be a part of it but most of all my College buddy Chad Boseman has the lead. I'm so proud and I can't wait to see it!

cherie
cherie

Wow, there really is a resemblance there. This sounds like a great project.

Rowena
Rowena

I am amazed at the resemblance between the young Leo and Chris. Great cast ... I look forward to the telling of this amazing story. Thanks for providing the info.