No, Ford wouldn't play the African-American baseball trailblazer. If he boards the Brian Helgeland-directed film, he'll take on the part of Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey.
But will breaking baseball's color barrier help the 69-year old action star get his grove back?
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Ford has had a rough patch at the box office of late, with "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" the lone bright spot in a decade of misfires. Both last summer's "Cowboys & Aliens" and last fall's "Morning Glory" were commercial disappointments.
However, "42" would give the actor a meaty role in a prestige picture, something he hasn't taken on since 1999's "Random Hearts." Not that the Sidney Pollack drama connected with audiences or critics. The gruff actor hasn't had a true awards contender since his 1993 action smash "The Fugitive" found itself with seven Oscar nominations.
Deadline first reported Ford's involvement.