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‘Shame’ Actress Nicole Beharie Falls for Jackie Robinson In ‘42’

Written by on February 14, 2012 

After making an indelible impression in Steve McQueen‘s Shame a couple of months ago, Deadline reports that Nicole Beharie has landed her first post-Fassbender‘d role, and it could be a big one. What do I speak of? I speak of 42, the Brian Helgeland-directed biopic of Jackie Robinson that stars newcomer Chadwick Boseman as the baseball legend; Harrison Ford as the MLB executive who brought him into the game, Branch Rickey; and Christopher Meloni as Brooklyn Dodgers manager Leo Durocher.

The project marks an Express reunion for Beharie and Boseman, since she’ll take on the part of Rachel Isum (now known as Rachel Robinson), to whom the baseball legend was married for 27 years, before his death in 1973. The scope of the character’s involvement hasn’t been specified in Deadline’s article; here’s hoping they don’t take the typical “supportive wife of a mistreated celebrity” route. We’ve been through that biopic cliche so, so many times before, and Beharie is too good an actress to be relegated there.

Has Beharie impressed you in the past? Could she add anything of worth to 42?

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