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Jackie Robinson Movie: Legendary Pictures Announces Film On Barrier-Breaking Baseball Legend

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First Posted: 06/01/11 02:32 PM ET Updated: 08/01/11 06:12 AM ET

Already a baseball legend forever present in America's memory, Jackie Robinson, the barrier-breaking first black man to play Major League Baseball, will be immortalized on the silver screen.

Legendary Pictures officially announced the long-gestating Robinson bio film, with the company's CEO Thomas Tull producing and "LA Confidential" writer Brian Helgeland behind the camera.

"My family and I are thrilled to have this important film on Jack produced by Legendary Pictures," Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson, said in a statement (via The Hollywood Reporter). "We are proud of his lasting impact on our society, and we know that the legacy he left is inspiring and worth preserving."

While the role of the baseball legend has yet to be cast -- and won't be nearly as accurate as the 1950 film, "The Jackie Robinson Story," in which Robinson himself starred -- Robert Redford is already attached to star as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Robinson.

"No one really knows the Rickey part, the political maneuvers and the partnership they had to share," Redford recently told the Los Angeles Times. "It's the story underneath the story you thought you knew."

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