NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty visited the set of “42″ in Chattanooga on Friday, May 25. The feature film is based on the story of baseball great Jackie Robinson and is written and directed by Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues and whose uniform number, “42,” is the only one to be retired by Major League Baseball. Harrison Ford stars as Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors in 1945 before bringing him up to the majors two years later.
The movie is currently being shot at the historic Engel Stadium and other locations in Chattanooga. The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission worked with local city and county officials to bring the production to the state.
Slated for release on April 12, 2013, the film will open in time to commemorate the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson Day – April 15, the date of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger – and on the heels of the opening of the 2013 MLB season.
To see photos from Commissioner Hagerty’s visit to the set of “42″, click here.