Come April 2013, one of the most iconic figures in American sports history — and civil rights history too, for that matter — and easily one of the most beloved UCLA Bruins of all-time, Jackie Robinson, will be the subject of a major motion picture, entitled 42: The True Story of an American Legend.
If you didn’t take two minutes out of your day to watch it, find the time. This is such a bad-ass trailer, and while I’m a historian when it comes to UCLA athletics, this should appeal to everyone who enjoys sports or, y’know, social equality.
Robinson’s story is a dramatic one filled with courage, triumph and everything UCLA represents as a university, so it’s entirely fitting that there is now a movie — not some boring, albeit highly informative documentary — about Robinson’s path to the Major Leagues.
We’re proud that one of our own is being featured in a film that looks as awesome as this one does, and it’s even greater that Jay Z is on the soundtrack (I guess).
So when this movie comes out in seven months, we better see a bunch of Bruins at your local Regal Cinema — or Cinepolis, if you’re into that — and supporting our boy Jackie.