More Extras Needed for 42
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — The Jackie Robinson movie “42” is coming to Birmingham’s Rickwood Field to film for three days next month, and casting directors need fans to come out to the ballpark and be part of the action with stars Harrison Ford and Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman, who appeared in the NBC series “Persons Unknown,” will play Robinson, and Ford, who starred in the Indiana Jones and Star Wars movies, will play Branch Rickey, the innovative executive who made history when he signed Robinson to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, breaking baseball’s color barrier.
They will film scenes from “42” at 101-year-old Rickwood Field on May 15-17, according to Jodi Williams of Southern Hollywood Events, which is helping round up extras for the background scenes.
The background extras will be in addition to those who were cast following an open call two weeks ago at Boutwell Auditorium, Williams said.
As many as 500 more people will be needed each day, Williams added, and they will need to come dressed in period clothing from the 1940s. Those people will not be paid, but they will eligible to win prizes that include iPads and trips, she said.
42, directed by Brian Helgeland and starring Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, will debut on April 12th, 2013, the 66th anniversary of “Jackie Robinson Day,” the day of his first game as a Brooklyn Dodger.
Additional details can be found at www.beinthemovie42.com.