In the trailer, we see Christopher Meloni doing a pretty good Leo Durocher in an event where the Brooklyn Dodger manager faces down a team of insurgents who offer a petition stating they would not play with a black man. I still have mixed feelings about Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey.
Some of the more familiar actors (at least to me) in the cast include Lucas Black as Pee Wee Reese; Alan Tudyk as Ben Chapman, a nemesis of Robinson’s; T.R. Knight as Dodgers’ PR man Harold Parrott; Max Gail as Burt Shotton, who managed the Dodgers after Durocher was suspended for the 1947 season; and John C. McGinley as the southern-born Dodgers’ radio announcer who was conflicted about the situation. Several other ballplayers from the era are included in the film.
The trailer states the movies is “based on a true story,” and you know what that means — lots of “artistic license,” making incidents more dramatic (what, Robinson’s experiences weren’t dramatic enough?), lots of exposition that baseball fans already well-versed in the story might find distracting, if not insulting.
All that said, it certainly looks like a lovely production.