Nicole Beharie, who played the one woman who inspired real feelings in Michael Fassbender’s troubled sex addict in Steve McQueen’s cinematic masterpiece “Shame” last year, will be playing the love of baseball legend Jackie Robinson’s life in biopic “42”, according to Deadline. She will be acting opposite relative newcomer Chadwick Boseman, who landed the role of Robinson in December, and Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey.
Brian Helgeland will direct the film, which he wrote in collaboration with Robinson’s widow, Rachel Robinson (a younger version of whom, as Rachel Isum, Beharie will play in the movie). The story follows Robinson, who was the first African American player in Major League baseball. Rickey is credited for breaking the color barrier in the sport of baseball by signing Robinson first to a minor league team in 1945, and then, more famously, to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.
Beharie had only done two movies prior to her breakout turn in “Shame”, one of which was “The Express”, also starring Boseman, about the first African-American football player, Ernie Davis (played by Rob Brown), to win the Heisman Trophy. She has one more sports-themed movie, “The Last Fall”, awaiting release this year.